Jesse Cardinal is from the Kikino Metis Settlement, where she grew up. She has seen a lot of changes to the lands and waters in her lifetime as well as a drastic decline in wildlife. She loves to listen to elders talk about the how the land was, even before she was born. Jesse has been a youth worker, social worker and has grown into roles of coordinator and director for environmental groups. The community she is from was at one time primarily a Cree speaking community, due to colonization that is no longer the case. Jesse is attending the Blue Quills University part time to learn the Cree language with a goal to help keep the language alive in her community. She welcomes partnerships with other individuals,
organizations, communities and Nations. ‘We need to keep going and working to protect our waters, lands and animals, every voice matters and we need to have hope for the youth. The more who know what it’s like to fish, to hunt, to pick berries, to speak their own language, to pray in love, the better off our world will be’.