Doris Young

Doris Young is a fluent speaker and writer of Cree and a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation of The Pas, Manitoba, who has worked for many years in the fields of education, housing, justice and Indigenous political and social issues. She was a member of the team that created the first manifesto for ‘Indian Control of Education’, Wahbung. She is currently a vice-president of the University of the North.

Louise Shachtay


Louise Shachtay, teacher of the horticulture and sustainable education program at R. B. Russell High School, has instituted a program intended to improve the environment and make the inner city, in which the school is located, a healthier place to live. Her goal is to re-connect the students with Mother Earth. By teaching the theory and the practical of growing, planting medicine gardens, promoting the integration of all aspects of the environment (plants, bees, goats, etc.), Louise strives, along with her students, to build a positive community in this inner-city area. The students’ response to the program has had amazing benefits – healthy living and life-styles, job-related skills, interaction with and awareness of other communities, an awareness of Mother Earth, and a huge sense of individual and communal accomplishment.