Gabrielle Scrimshaw is a vibrant voice among a younger generation of First Nations leaders. She holds an MBA from Stanford University, and is completing her Masters in Public Administration at Harvard. Now 29, she’s had quite a journey already. She grew up in Hatchet Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan. She left home at age 17, went to the University of Saskatchewan, then the University of Toronto. Along the way she co-founded the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada. Her dual graduate degrees have informed her views on how reconciliation can be made meaningful for her generation — and not become an empty term of well-intentioned sentimentality. Gabrielle Scrimshaw delivered the third annual Vancouver Island University Indigenous Speaker Series this past November.
Listen to Gabrielle deliver the third annual Vancouver Island University Indigenous Lecture on the challenges Indigenous youth face, what reconciliation looks like, and how people can engage on that journey: