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Mélodie Jourdain-Michel - First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Youth Network Spokesperson

Mélodie Jourdain-Michel

Community: Uashat mak Mani-Utenam

Nation: Innu (Montagnais)

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Kuei kassinu eteshiek,

My name is Mélodie Jourdain-Michel and I come from the Innu community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam on the Upper North Shore. I left my community at the age of 17 to fly with my own wings towards studies in sciences and humanities at the Cégep de Limoilou, in Quebec City. At the time, I had only one goal: to become a sex therapist. Life has led me to sometimes take different detours which took me to a path that was relatively distant from my goal, but I never forgot my dream of becoming a sex therapist. Eight years after leaving my community, I I have returned with pride with my Bachelor’s degree in sexology. I sincerely believe that education is the path that the First Nations must take to become stronger.

It is with honour and pride that I will carry the voice of the First Nation Youths, because I feel that its intention to bring about positive changes for the betterment of our communities and its populations represents an incredible power. I hope that my bringing a wealth of experience to the youths of my community and my involvement in various youth events will be a source of inspiration to other young Aboriginal people to get involved and become agents of positive changes within their communities.

As a First Nation youth, it’s important to always believe in reaching our wildest dreams, no matter the form. We simply have to cling firmly to our goals and work relentlessly to reach them! Continue to keep your dreams at the highest level and you’ll see, one day, you will wake up with the feeling of having become the person you always wanted to be.

In closing, I leave you on these words: that every day, we walk down the path that will lead us to becoming Nations that are stronger, prouder and more self-sufficient! Let’s all take our rightful place so that we chart the course for those who will follow in our footsteps.

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Nin, kashekat, ni nashen nemeshkinam.

Mélodie Jourdain-Michel


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