Piikani Youth attend changemaker’s workshop at Mount Royal University.

William Strikes With a Gun watching a presentation on fentanyl overdoses during the workshop at Mount Royal University. Photo by Tawnya Plain Eagle.

Two youth from the Piikani Nation participated in a  Changemakers leadership camp this week in Calgary, Alta.

A group of High School students from Mathew Halton and Crowsnest Consolidated High School spent the week at Mount Royal University where they got to look at change making solutions they can apply to their own community.

“They are learning that change makers can come from any background or discipline because they acquire all people from different backgrounds,” Said Joel DeWiel.

DeWiel is the studio coordinator for the Trico Changemakers studio at Mount Royal University.

He said their initiative is to provide opportunities for students to gain skill sets that allow them to tackle different social, economic and cultural problems.

During the week the 25 students that were a part of the camp explored various systematic problems and solutions around the community.

On Monday they started off with a blanket exercise, which explores the methods taken that led to marginalizing Canada’s Indigenous people.

Quinn Big Bull, a student at Mathew Halton High School, said that this changemaking workshop opened his mind to a lot of concepts he wasn’t aware of before.

Photo by Tawnya Plain Eagle

Quinn Big Bull reading a pamphlet at Mount Royal University on May 10. Photo by Tawnya Plain Eagle.

He was specifically working on ideas under health and well-being, by exploring ways he can provide solutions for issues such as mental health and living conditions.

“I’d like to take what I learnt here and spread it to my friends and family,” Big Bull said.

That means using the experience he gained from the changemaking workshop and open other people’s minds as well.

Aside from the workshop Big Bull also got to explore the campus.

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