Will Landon from Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation in Treaty #3 territory has begun publishing a regular column in the local Kenora newspaper, the Miner & News. The first piece he produced as a trainee with JHR’s Indigenous Reporters Program is entitled “Blood, Sweat and Tears.” The editorial asks readers to consider how many different kinds of efforts are underway, all fighting uniquely for the human rights of Indigenous people.
Read the article in full here: https://www.kenoraminerandnews.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-blood-sweat-and-tears/wcm/9b7aee1f-0444-421e-aee5-b418c5ae2230
Landon’s social media analytics show the story is being picked up from Oregon to Nova Scotia but the change he’s hoping to make in his own community and region is inspiring others to see his example and raise their own voices.
“It’s not just about getting my word out there. It’s not just about changing minds. It’s about inspiring other young people from this area that, regardless of your circumstantial or birth or past – I went through a rough time in my young life – it doesn’t stop you from being able to offer something constructive to the conversation,” he says. “Everyone has some kind of voice and they can’t be scared to use it. “