Riley Yesno
 

Riley Yesno

 
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about

Riley Yesno is an Anishinaabe woman from Eabametoong First Nation who grew up in Thunder Bay, ON. She currently attends The University of Toronto studying Indigenous Studies and Political Science. From 2017 to 2019 Riley acted as a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council where she provided advice to the Prime Minister and members of the federal government, among others. She has worked with Indigenous leaders across the country on a First Nation’s Self-Determination advisory board, and has spent the past two summers working with Nishnawbe Aski Nation under their executive council. Riley also works closely with grassroots organizations such as Neechee Studios in Thunder Bay, offering free art programming to Indigenous youth. 

Riley has participated in over 100 panels, workshops, and conferences; including a young women’s panel at the UN Conference on Climate Change’s 24th Conference of the Parties in Katowice, Poland, the Institute on Governance’s Nation-to-Nation Dialogue Series, and the Rotary Club’s International Conference. She has given a keynote address in Stockholm, Sweden, at the World Forum on Gender Equality, and has delivered a TEDx talk on Canadian identity. Riley is a part-time writer and has contributed to major Canadian media outlets including Maclean’s and the Toronto Star, where she primarily covers youth, and Indigenous issues. She hopes that through story-telling and building relationships she can contribute in her own way to building a better place for future generations to call home.

 
 
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Written work

 

MACLEANS

 
 
 
 
 

Toronto Star

 
 
 

Trudeau, Liberals don’t get a free ride because Conservatives may be worse

We must demand better.

 

Local Love

 
 

THE WALRUS

 
 
 
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Videos

 
It’s time to reimagine Canada’s ‘nice’ identity
 
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Media

 
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Daughters of the Vote discuss participating in politics, MPs being kicked out of caucus

CPAC

 
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A vote for Doug Ford was a vote against reconciliation, says Riley Yesno

CBC RADIO | THE CURRENT

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From coast to coast and north to south, Indigenous women are on the rise

CBC NEWS | LENARD MONKMAN

 
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Why this 19-year-old student wants you to think critically about Canadian identity

TVO.org | BY HALEY LEWIS

 
 
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How Riley Yesno gained the courage to stand up for Indigenous rights

CBC PODCAST | NEW FIRE

 
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PANEL DISCUSSION ON RECONCILIATION

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA | PRIME MINISTER’S YOUTH COUNCIL

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SEVEN FALLEN FEATHERS, EPISODE 4: RILEY YESNO

VOICE ED RADIO | SUMMER BOOK CLUB PODCAST

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10 GTA girls who will make you feel better about the future

BY REIKO MILLEY

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CONTACT

 

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Miigwetch!

 
 

For more updates you can find Riley on Twitter.