Program & Level: Indigenous Studies Level IV
She:kon everyone! My names Makaśa meaning Red Earth and my last name is Tasungka Wakita meaning Looking Horse. I am Mohawk wolf clan and Lakota from Six Nations of the Grand River territory. I had the honour of speaking at both the 2018 and 2019 McMaster Indigenous Health Conferences, where I focused on Indigenous Youth Wellness, and again at this years conference on Indigenous Youths’ Relationship to yethi’nisténha ohóntsya; in the time of Climate Change. Each year I thought it was a very impressive health conference because it’s a McMaster student-led initiative. Since I knew this year’s themes would include environmental health and climate change, I immediately sought to be apart IHM student team. As a Mohawk and Lakota woman, I have inherited a responsibility to protect future generations. And in the time of a global climate crisis, it’s important that we come together as people to solve real world issues across Turtle Island because it’s our collective responsibility to take care of Mother Earth. I have been an advocate for Indigenous water rights in Six Nations so I know it takes unity and hard work to truly move towards a better future for all people. I’m excited for the minds of the speakers to come together on environmental health and climate change because my future depends on it.
I hope to see you on February 8th, Nia:wen!