Indigenous youth have “HIP” new digital space in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, I’m truly pleased to introduce HIP’s new Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) digital space, currently hosted on HIP’s blog.

Youth are the face of the future, and their voices need to be heard in building a world they want to live in. By sharing digital space, HIP is helping to build a platform for Indigenous youth to be seen and heard.

So it’s my great pleasure to also introduce Daniella Harrison, HIP’s Language & Media Relations Specialist who is helping to realize HIP’s vision for a safe digital space where Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth can come together.

Daniella has accepted the role of building our youth community and has many exciting ideas in the works, which will be rolled out in the coming months. For now, we are inviting Indigenous youth to submit articles, personal artwork, poems, songs, video clips, and any other media they want to share with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.

We will continue to expand this space as resources and engagement grow.

Over to you, Daniella!

John Currie,
Executive Director, HIP

Tanshi, Boozhoo, She:kon, Waaciiye, Ahniin

way̓ x̌ast sx̌l̓x̌ʕal̓t.  iskʷist Daniella Harrison, kn̓ ʔasl̓ʔu̓pn̓ks uɫ kaʔɫi̓s spin̓kt. k̓l̓ Dundalk, Ontario ki? k̓ mut. k̓l̓ HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) kiʔ k̓n̓ čk̓ʷul̓m̓.

Hello, my name is Daniella Harrison, from Dundalk, Ontario, and I am twenty-three years old and currently residing on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabe, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.

I am a third-year student at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus, Majoring in Indigenous Studies with a Minor in Cultural Studies. The University resides on the Traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan People. I am part of the 2022 Syilx Language House Cohort, working towards my beginner fluency in the language through 444 hours of immersive language learning. The Nsylxcan language is spoken across the Syilx OKanagan territory, with varying dialects.

Languages are a passion of mine, and as HIP’s new Language & Media Relations Specialist, I am excited to be a part of the work happening towards language revitalization. Later this week, we’ll be posting the first article in what will be a regular series on language, written by guest contributors as well as myself.

I’m really looking forward to sharing my journey with you, along with many other topics!

For now, look for guest Y2Y columnists on Facebook, Instagram, and coming soon…TIK TOK!


Daniella Harrison
Language & Media Relations Specialist