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Melanie Mark

Survivor, Leader, Activist: A Journey of a Nisga’a Warrior Princess

Date Recorded: Mar 15th, 2007
Recorded At: Vancouver Public Library
Recorded By: Thomas Hicks, Necessary Voices Society
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Topic Background

Melanie Mark is from the Nisga’a Nation. Growing up in a disadvantaged environment, Melanie has made it her work to be an advocate for at-risk Native youth.

She is the former president of the Urban Native Youth Association, and Chair of the organizations $47 million capital campaign for the development of a Native Youth Centre designed to serve as a cornerstone for the Native community on the east side of Vancouver. The Urban Native Youth Association has been working with all three levels of government to raise the funds needed to make this centre a reality. As of the date of this talk, the association had raised almost $6 million, including securing the land needed to build this 65,000 sq ft Centre.

Speaker Biography

Melanie Mark is a mother, a Simon Fraser University graduate, and an Associate Child and Youth Officer. Her current activism relates to youth, justice, and social spaces. She lives in Vancouver.

This talk was coordinated by Robbie Chesick.

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