One of Canada’s biggest banks threw a national spotlight onto a Paul Kane Métis advocate this week.
Paul Kane student and Métis advocate Hannah Nash was profiled in the Royal Bank of Canada’s 2019 Indigenous Partnership Report, which came out Wednesday. She was interviewed by both Global News Calgary and Windspeaker.com as a result.
The annual report details how RBC works to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said bank spokesperson William Vu. The bank wanted stories of Indigenous youths to connect to the projects they had supported, and the Métis Nation of Alberta suggested they call Nash, who was their Region 4 youth representative.
The report notes how Nash co-founded St. Albert’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Walk last year and had been volunteering at National Aboriginal Day events since she was four. It also notes that she hopes to become prime minister by 2046.
Nash is featured in the report’s section on Métis Crossing – a large interpretive site run by the Métis Nation of Alberta near Smoky Lake. (The bank is financing the construction of the site’s new interpretive centre.)
Nash said she has gone to many summer camps at Métis Crossing with her grandmother and siblings to learn about traditional medicines, trapping and other parts of her heritage.
“It really helped me understand what it meant to be Métis.”
Nash said Métis Crossing was an important place for Canadians to learn more about Métis culture and planned to visit it again this summer.
“There’s nothing (else) really like it for the Métis people.”
The report is available on the RBC website.