Sierra Koochicum is Cree and Blackfoot from Peepeekisis First Nation and Siksika First Nation. She is currently the Ótáp ímisskaan Indigenous Youth Leadership Program Team Lead and she is in her fifth year of studies at the University of Calgary, pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in International Indigenous Studies. Sierra is passionate about providing youth with self-care tools that will allow them to pursue their goals, and to foster a safe and nurturing community for growth and healing.
Lucas Hale is Lenape from the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown. He is in his 4th year of studies at the University of Calgary, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Indigenous Studies, with a minor in Visual Studies & Art History. He is passionate about these disciplines and hopes to find a career path combining the two. Lucas joined the Ótáp ímisskaan team in 2019 and hopes to encourage and support youth in following their passions.
Damase Anderson-Camacho is Métis and Colombian, belonging to the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3. She is in her 2nd year of studies at the University of Calgary, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She is passionate about art in all forms and exploring the power it possesses as a tool for community healing. As part of the Ótáp ímisskaan team, Damase hopes to create an encouraging and open environment in which youth can thrive.
Thomas Komarniski is Saulteaux and Métis. Growing up urban they are from Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Alberta at age 5. They are in their third year of studies at the University of Calgary pursuing a double bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Indigenous Studies. They are passionate about Indigenous Ways of Knowing and hope to foster a way forward for those who are struggling to find their place.
Onyx Shelton is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is currently in his second year of studies at the University of Calgary pursuing degrees in International Indigenous Studies and English. His passion in life is storytelling and his goals are based on empowering and sharing his, and others' stories. During his journey, he has received a lot of support and wants to give back by engaging and supporting communities in ways that he can help.