Doris Young

Opaskwayak Cree Nation
The Pas, Manitoba, Canada

Doris Young is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation of The Pas, Manitoba. She speaks and writes Cree.

Doris has worked with Aboriginal people for many years in the area of education, housing, justice and Aboriginal issues. She has developed expertise in program planning, organizational development and evaluation. As the senior researcher of the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, she became knowledgeable about the issues relating to justice and the Aboriginal people in Manitoba. She has worked with Elders in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan, developing culturally appropriate programs and services. Doris has also travelled extensively throughout Manitoba and Canada in her work.

She believes that self-government and the redevelopment of First Nations institutions will have a positive influence on youth and on Canadian society in general.

In her work with the Aboriginal women's organizations, her teachers were her aunts, sisters, cousins and friends. She learned about teamwork, determination, hope and courage from all the women she came into contact with. Her organizational and management skills helped to build the Indigenous Women's Collective of Manitoba, of which she was the first president.

She has taught at the University of Manitoba in the Native Studies department and worked in the continuing education division, and also at the University of Winnipeg.

She works at present at Keewatin Community College in The Pas, Manitoba as Director of Aboriginal Initiatives.

Doris holds an honours degree in political science and a master’s degree in public affairs.

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