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Recipients of the 2022 Younger Nature Leaders Grant!


Since 2017, younger folks throughout Canada have been demonstrating their management for nature by inventive, nature-based initiatives submitted to Nature Canada’s Younger Nature Leaders Grant. This 12 months, we’re celebrating the grant’s fifth 12 months working because of the eagerness and generosity of Girls for Nature members and different funders. The Younger Nature Chief’s grant was created to empower, uplift and help younger folks seeking to implement a community-based undertaking centered round nature and sustainability. 

This Earth month, we’re celebrating six recipients of the Younger Nature Leaders Grant. We have been thrilled to see the variety of passionate younger folks keen to teach, have interaction and lead others in caring for nature. We stay up for supporting them as they implement their nature initiatives over the course of this 12 months.

Congratulations to the 2022 Younger Nature Leaders Grant recipients who embody:

Kehkashan Basu – Toronto, ON

Kehkashan will develop academic workshops and public consciousness campaigns that may have interaction college students and the general public to guard the endangered Wooden Turtle.

“I feel as younger folks we have to step out of our consolation zones and take that additional step and stroll that additional mile to get the longer term we would like. Defending our surroundings is now not a selection, it’s a accountability. So we should act now to attain a sustainable world.”

Ana Castillo – Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, QC

Ana plans to launch a seed-keeping program on the Younger Roots Farm’s summer season camp that may present marginalized youth the chance to study farming by hands-on studying and storytelling.

“Younger Roots Farm is an academic farm for inner-city children, offering abilities and information for an inclusive and sustainable relationship to meals. Due to Nature Canada and Girls for Nature this 12 months, I hope to broaden our seed-keeping information!”

Rachel Irwin – Hamilton, ON

Rachel plans to increase the outreach of the Toronto chapter of the Feminist Chook Membership by organizing birding occasions that promote range in birding whereas making a secure area for conversations round social and environmental justice.

“The purpose of those birding occasions will likely be to create a secure area for brand new birders and youth to attach with nature and their group whereas having necessary conversations round inclusivity, accessibility, local weather change, and the significance of advocacy within the open air.”

Nena Van de Wouwer – Bouctouche, NB

Nena will launch a Inexperienced Godparent program that engages group members to develop into stewards for native nature areas and can embody seashore clean-ups that upcycle the collected trash into artwork to lift consciousness about defending nature.

“I began the Inexperienced God Guardian Program to encourage folks to spend extra time in nature whereas concurrently giving again to it. For me, that’s the greatest feeling on this planet!”

This 12 months, we additionally honoured two wonderful champions for nature, Margaret Atwood and the late Graeme Gibson and have offered grants of their identify to younger folks to honour their needs to encourage future nature ambassadors and protectors:

Margaret Atwood Younger Nature Chief Grant

Denise Miller – Six Nations of the Grand River Territory/Brantford, ON

Denise will increase the Revitalizing our Sustenance Challenge that works to handle meals safety points throughout the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and can embody land and agricultural restoration work utilizing native crops.

“As a Haudenosaunee lady, while you restore the land, you restore your identification and accountability to Creation.”

Graeme Gibson Younger Nature Chief Grant

Kenzie McCallum – Halifax, NS

Kenzie will coordinate and lead a three-part out of doors program for college students at native elementary colleges which is able to incorporate out of doors studying, local weather change discussions and an action-oriented service undertaking.

“I hope to assist college students join with their surrounding environments in significant methods and empower them to really feel they’ll make a distinction by their actions within the struggle towards local weather change.”

You may as well examine earlier winners and their nature-based group initiatives right here.

We want to give a particular because of the Choice Committee that included each Girls for Nature members and Younger Girls for Nature. Thanks to Alana Norie, Dalal Hanna, Celeste Landon, Christine Leduc, Iman Berry, Jessica Yu, Kirsten Reid, Mathilde Papillon, and Nikki Paskar for volunteering time to evaluation all of the inspiring initiatives!


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