Good day, my name is Cortney Russell. The ancestral name that I carry is Teathquathla and I come from the Haida, Gitxsan and Stó:lō people. In 2019, I was introduced to the Indigenous Academic Success Cohort which helped me begin my education journey towards language revitalization and culture restoration.
Being raised by my grandparents on the reservation, I have learned about the impact that Canadian history has had on Indigenous cultures, and I have also been taught the importance of reconciliation for our future generations. First Nation communities have suffered various losses due to the Residential School era, however, I am proud to know that Indigenous leadership have been taking ongoing action towards cultural revival. Watching them is what sparked my interest, and it is my goal to contribute to the best of my ability by acquiring, practicing and sharing the traditional information that I know.