BA & BSc Student, University of Alberta
Michelle Myers is in her third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta studying a combined degree in Native Studies and Environmental Conservation. She has a specific interest in Indigenous land-based sovereignty that is rooted in traditional teachings and land expertise. Michelle has been part of several Indigenous/non-Indigenous organised initiatives focused around issues related to land and climate change including the Indigenous Climate Change Action Plan (Edmonton, AB), Tla-O-Qui-Aht Tribal Parks Summit (Tofino, BC), and Power Shift Alberta (Edmonton, AB).
Growing up in an isolated community Michelle see’s the first hand consequences of limited energy options that stem from a lack of financial resources and community capacity. “My community, Xeni Gwet'in First Nations, is currently looking to provide renewable energy for our people,” says Michelle. “I want to support my community in developing a sustainable economy using the bountiful resources we have been gifted with, and I look to support an energy based strategy that will bring jobs into my community and protect the livelihoods of our youth for seven generations to come. We need renewable sources of energy and economy in our community that is led by First Nations, for First Nations.”
“I am responsible for providing my son with the best possible future,” says Michelle “That includes ensuring he has a land base to learn his traditions and culture on. All of this work is necessary to protect and preserve the country I grew up on.”