Benji B.

Grade 12


Meet Benji.

I am Benji B, a Two-Spirited grade 12 student. I am Skeetchestn, which is part of the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia on my mother’s side and I am Metis on my dad’s side. I was born in Whitehorse Yukon, raised in Lac La Biche Alberta, and currently residing in Mohkinstsis. My journey to connect with my roots, my culture, and my identity really began two years ago. As I approach the end of my high school career, I hope to embrace who I am and continue learning from and connecting to community to become the best leader of tomorrow that I can be, offering holistic solutions, embracing the strength of my people and by giving back to my community.

While my schoolwork has kept me busy lately, I look forward to immersing myself in a diverse range of studies and continuing to expand my ways of being and knowing. My ideal career path will align with my passion for community, holistic practices, creative liberty, and offer me challenges. 

What drove my motivation to become a part of the Youth Panel was my ambition and desire to learn more about economic reconciliation. As both an Indigenous youth and a prospective voice in the industry, I hope to work with community and help move their voices forward. To move towards the fear, it is an indication that you are doing something frightening and worthwhile. “Speak without offence and listen without defence.” This quote recently found me and has guided me to find gratitude and relation to others’ spirits and their lived experiences.

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