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Friendship Centre Champion: Adriana Pack

Get to know an Indigenous Youth Champion from the St. John's Native Friendship Centre

Adriana Pack - St. John’s Native Friendship Centre 

Adriana Pack is a 22-year-old Youth Champion from the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She exhibits strong leadership skills, volunteerism, and is a positive role model in her community! Originally from Miawpukek First Nations reserve in Newfoundland, Adriana is currently in her 4th year at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Centre for Nursing Studies. She works as a Coordinator of Aboriginal Community Research with the MUN Faculty of Medicine, Division of Bioethics and Humanity.

In her spare time Adriana volunteers with Memorial University Global Brigades and participates every year in the Medical/Dental/Public Health Brigades in Honduras. She sits on the MUN Global Brigades Medical/Dental/Public Health Brigade Executive Committee as the Vice President of Public Health. Adriana also holds the position of the Campus Chairperson for Global Brigades at MUN and acts as a liaison between the Global Brigades National organization and the chapters at her university.

Through her volunteer work at the Friendship Centre, the Breathe Program, she provides child minding. She is the youth representative for St. John’s Native Friendship Centre and is the Atlantic Youth representative for the National Aboriginal Youth Council (AYC) for the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC). Adriana is also a regional volunteer on the National Hope Council with WE Matter and represents Indigenous youth voices.

When asked about her role as a youth leader in addressing violence against Indigenous women and young girls Adriana stated, “As a youth, my role is to advocate for a safe space for women and girls to access in the event of violence and discuss. As well, I can spread awareness of this issue and advocate for change.”

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