Hello / Oki / Tansi
Joseph Plant - Chairman of the Board, Executive Director and Good Cop
Taryn Walker - Vice Chair and Bad Cop
Hanna Thai - Board Member, Internal Operations & Flower Child
Niko Casuncad - Community Garden Planner
Cole Boettger - Officer of Educational Initiatives, & Cooked Coleslaw
Anastasia Johnson - Junior Officer, Educational Initiatives, & “Don’t call me that”-Stasia
Matt Johnson - Funding Manager, Head of Editorial Department & Editor at Large
Taylor Tsakoza - Senior Officer, Department of Education
Mugenyi Banage - Head of Sales
Lidiya Artemenko - Internal Operations
Wacey Little Light - Officer of Events
Stephanie Dookie - Communications Coordinator
Stephanie Butler - Head, Visual Communications
Nikoleta Antonak - Junior Officer, Visual Communications
The story of Generation I begins in a restaurant on 17th avenue in the city of Calgary. Sophia Pancic planned to meet her close friend, Joseph Plant.
He thought it was only a social call, but Sophia had larger ambitions. She invited Joseph to join her in developing a community garden for Indigenous survivors of domestic abuse and violence.
As Sophia learned, Joseph and his mother had both been affected by domestic abuse and so, Joseph felt a strong urge to take part.
Fast forward an entire year: The project did not get any traction and unfortunately, did not take off.
Fortunately, Joseph wasn't ready to give up. Instead, he began searching for go-getters: people who were doing amazing things in the community.
Enter Taryn Walker and Hanna Thai.
At the end of July, they federally incorporated their non-profit, Aboriginal Community Garden.
Yes, Generation I used to be called, Aboriginal Community Garden.
As the new group of three planned their first fall harvest, they began to host different types of events. Eventually, ACG began to do things that didn’t have much to do with gardening… The team ‘outgrew’ the name.
Generation Indigenous became the new name and is strongly supported by its four main pillars: arts and culture, education, local collaborations, and gardening projects.
The team of three were off to the races.
Now, they needed to grow their team.
A slew of inspired young adults, the new leaders to emerge onto the global village stage, opted to take part in GENi.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact us at Genindigenous@outlook.com
Help us continue our legacy; be a part of the story.