Riley Yesno is an Anishinaabe woman from Eabametoong First Nation who grew up in Thunder Bay, ON and currently attends the University of Toronto. Riley has spent two years providing advice to the Prime Minister and members of the federal government and has worked alongside Indigenous leaders across the country on a number of issues ranging from art-programming for youth to governance and self-determination.
Riley has spoken about Indigenous models of sustainability at the UN Conference on Climate Change’s 24th Conference of the Parties in Katowice, Poland, in Stockholm, Sweden, at the World Forum on Gender Equality, and has delivered a TEDx talk on Canadian identity. Riley is also a part-time writer and has contributed to major Canadian media outlets including Maclean’s and the Toronto Star, where she primarily covers youth and Indigenous issues. She hopes that through story-telling and building relationships she can contribute in her own way to building a better place for future generations to call home.