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Destiny - My name is Destiny “Kool-Aid” Cote and I am 15 years old and an Anishinabekwe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. I currently attend the Kitigan Zibi School in the secondary III (grade 9) class. I have many personal interests and passions. I enjoy playing hockey, running and love being on the water paddling. My love for music finds me playing the piano, hand drumming and singing. I enjoy painting and I am a fancy shawl dress dancer who participates in community socials and pow-wows. I love sharing the gifts of my Anishinabe language and culture. Angeleah and my inspiration for our project: MY PERSONALITY = MY LIFE comes from our desire to share a story of the connection of our personality to thoughts of self-harm and suicide. We wanted to investigate our community Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, an Indigenous community who continues to lose youth to suicide. Future plans for further investigation has us continuing to collect data from adults within our community, as well as using our survey and data collection in another Anishinabe community north of us. My advice for students thinking about doing a project is to follow your heart and keep asking questions and grow from finding answers.
Angeleah - I’m Angeleah Brazeau-Emmerson. I’m a proud sixteen-year old Indigenous youth from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. I am currently in grade ten and have been attending my community’s school Kitigan Zibi Kiknamadinan, since the beginning. I have always been very dedicated to my academics and strive for the best. For as long as I could recall, I participate in school events such as science fairs and public speaking, because that is where my passions lie. I am also very passionate about my culture, language, traditional jingle-dress dancing, and the arts in general. Moreover, I’m an active community member, volunteering or participating in community events, such as our annual lip-sync competition.This year, I decided to participate in the annual Miss Abita-Pibon pageant, which exhibits female youth role models in my community and placed first! With the aid of my partner, Destiny, we conducted a science fair project on the very sensitive subject matter of mental health issues, which affects us all in some way. We wanted to determine whether personalities are related to self-harm or suicidal ideation in Indigenous communities. We both hope to present to other indigenous communities and hopefully find answers on how to fix this complex issue.

Destiny Cote, Angeleah Brazeau-Emmerson

Our Personality = Our Life
Region:Aboriginal Québec Autochtone
City:Maniwaki , QC
School:Kitigan Zibi Kikinamadinan
Abstract:OUR PERSONALITY=OUR LIFE is a very important research project that shares meaningful insight linking two personality types: Feelers & Thinkers to thoughts of self-harm and suicide in youth in our Indigenous community. Our project hopes to enlighten our community and others to this very real and important issue, sharing a very specific story regarding the mental health needs of our home community Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.