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SHANE N. YOUNG

PhD Candidate (Trent), MSW, BSW
Leader, Educator, Researcher
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          Mist No’kmaq - Kwe’, Pjila'si.

Teluisi Shane, n’in Two-Spirit Mi’kmaw aq Newfoundlander Settler, tleyawi Mi’kma’ki K'Taqamkuk.
    All My Relations, Hello, Welcome.

My name is Shane, I am Two-Spirit

Mi’kmaw and Newfoundland Settler from Mi’kmaq Territory, Land Across the Water (Newfoundland).

 

I am a social worker, educator, PhD Candidate (Trent), and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholar of Mi'kmaw and Newfoundland settler ancestry. I am a member of the Qalipu First Nation on the southwestern coast of Newfoundland, where I was born and raised and have been living in Tkaronto since 2006.

 
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Community Service, School of Social Work, and the Academic Coordinator of the Indigenous Knowledges and Experiences Certificate with Ryerson University. 

My professional social work practice has been in educational and community-based settings, with a strong background in building relationships with service groups and organizations in the broader community with the aim of providing services to diverse populations. My work has included populations that experience systematic marginalization and oppression, in areas such as Deaf culture, homelessness, mental health and addictions, child welfare, and Indigenous communities.

 

My main research focuses are critical Indigenous studies, Urban Indigenous identities, colonial and decolonization theories, Indigenous research and knowledge methodologies, and Indigeneity. My doctoral research focuses on the development and maintenance of Mi'kmaw identities on the Island of Newfoundland. Further, emphasizing the impacts of colonial interferences on Indigenous identities through processes of settler colonialism and unearthing ways in which resurgence can create personal and cultural sovereignty. ​

GROWING UP IN KTAQMKUK (Newfoundland)

 

 

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RELOCATION TO TKARONTO*

I relocated to Tkaronto in the Summer of 2006 with aspirations to attend post-secondary studies. I spent four years studying American Sign Language at George Brown College, then pursued social work in 2012.

I have been an Indigenous student representative on committees throughout my undergraduate degree, and graduate studies, and severs of several Board of Directors in Tkaronto. 

 

Even though I have spent the last decade in Tkaronto, I continue to maintain a connection to my home and community in Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland). Moreover, I own this one truth, the fabric of my being is irrefutably made up of all the ancestors that have come before me and those who are yet to come. It is my responsibility to bring my history back to life, a life that was stolen but never forgotten. My truth is the sum of who I am, what I know, and the journey I continue to walk each and every day, with kindness, love, and respect.

Msit No'kmaq (All My Relations)

*Tkaronto, (commonly known as Toronto), is a Mohawk word, meaning “the place in the water where the trees are standing", which is said to refer to the wooden stakes that were used as fishing weirs in the narrows of the local river systems by the Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat.

Shane and siblings, Sabrina and Shawn. Circa mid-1990's

Shane and Shawn. Circa early-1990's

Shane and Siblings, Sabrina and Shawn. Circa early-1990's.

Shane with siblings. Circa early 1990's

Ngij (My Mother). Circa early 1990's.

Shane and Shawn. Circa early 1990's

Circa early 1990's.

Ngij (My Mother). Circa Mid-1960's

Tata't (Father). Circa early 2000's.

Nmi' (My Grandmother). Circa mid-1980's

Shane and Siblings, Sabrina and Shawn. Circa early-1990's.

Shane and Shawn. Circa early 1990's.

Nemijgami' (My Grandfather). Circa early-1990's.