Meet Hillory!

Hillory Tenute

Executive Director

Canadian Roots Exchange


Hillory Tenute Gi Chi’noodinkwe Aapti Beebom N’gigikwe (She/Her/They/Them), is an Indigiqueer Anishinaabekwe with settler descent from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation located in Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario part of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory in what we now call Canada. Hillory is the Executive Director (“Executive Auntie”) at Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE), a national Indigenous Youth led organization that provides reconciliation-based programs, grants and opportunities that are designed to strengthen and amplify the voices of Indigenous youth across Turtle Island.  


Hillory has extensive experience providing research, evaluation and culturally safe and responsive engagement strategies for Indigenous youth on a variety of subjects, including but not limited to settler-Indigenous relations, rights implementation, social impact and economic development. As a proud Anisnaabekwe, she is a life-long advocate for ensuring Indigenous youth are provided with equitable opportunities that are aimed at enhancing youth’s self-determination to become dynamic leaders in the reconciliation movement across Canada. For Hillory, it is integral that these young leaders are part of decision-making processes regarding socio-political, economic, cultural and environmental future of this country. These decisions will become part of their legacy work to support the next seven generations.

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