Communications Assistant: Bryna Link
Bryna Link is a twenty-eight-year-old Indigenous student from Peguis First Nation.She studies at the Canadian Mennonite University where she is enrolled in Peaceand Conflict Transformation Studies. Bryna’s goal is to one day work as a liaisonbetween the northern communities and the Government of Canada ensuring thatthe peoples’ treaty rights and freedoms are met.
Bryna was born into a large close-knit family where she was encouraged toparticipate in many traditional Indigenous ceremonies and practises. Her passion isto right the injustices and the resulting in disenfranchisement of the Indigenous people of the world. This production will give Bryna the opportunity to honour her great grandmotherwho was an interpreter at Peguis First Nation halfway hospital. She interpreted Michif, Saulteaux, Ojibwe languages.
Production Assistant: Hannah Connelly
Hannah Connelly is currently finishing her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, MB, and previously received an Advanced Diploma in Catholic Studies from St. Therese College of Faith and Mission. She plans to continue her education in social work and conflict resolution, and hopes to gain experience in the social services field, where she has worked with at-risk youth and with newcomer Canadians. As for hobbies, Hannah enjoys playing music, trying new recipes and having long conversations about faith, social change and literature with family and friends.
Her initial interest in this position stems from her encounters with many different cultures and languages, both Indigenous and other, while living in all four Western provinces of Canada and through travelling to other continents. She has interest in the topic of peacebuilding through the arts, and hopes that her time working on this project will help her grow in both the technical skills of production and interpretation, and give her greater exposure to Metis and Indigenous culture and conversations.