2018 SWAAC STUDENT AWARD IN EQUITY, DIVERSITY WINNERS
Kassidy Bernard is an L’nu woman based out of Kjipuktuk. She has been attending NSCAD University since 2015 in the Bachelor of Design program, where she is majoring in Interdisciplinary Design. She hopes to use her understanding of design to positively impact the world around her and be a role model for other Mi’kmaq women. Kassidy’s passion for leadership, critical thinking, and living a holistically compassionate lifestyle has lead her to be engaged with movements including veganism, indigeneity, feminism, and environmentalism.
Raised in We’koqma’q First Nation, Unama’ki, Kassidy has been a lifelong learner and explorer — and in her 20 years of life, has seized countless opportunities for personal and community growth. Her student athlete career includes regional to international competitions for softball, volleyball, ice hockey, badminton, track and field, and table tennis. She attended the North American Indigenous Games in Saskatchewan in August 2014, playing with the Nova Scotia women’s softball team. In March 2014, Kassidy lived in Campeche, Mexico for two weeks with a host family for the NSISP Campeche Leadership Camp. Since 2016, Kassidy has spent her summer months in Bordighera, Italy where she works as an English teacher and au pair for the Paolucci family through Scotia Personnel. Now the Student Union of NSCAD’s Indigenous Rep, she spends her free time organizing both the Indigenous Collective and Animal Compassion Collective. This March she is running to be the SUNSCAD President for her graduate year of 2018-2019. Aside from academic involvement, Kassidy is a co-organizer of the grassroots animal rights activists’ chapter of Anonymous for the Voiceless in Halifax, and is a Campus Organizer with The Humane League. She has also been working behind the scenes to open her business, Indigenize Creative Solutions, in partnership with her sister Kaylyn.
Natasha Landry, originally from the small village of St-Andre Leblanc, New Brunswick, is a proud feminist, human rights’ activist, and a firm believer of social justice. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work program at Université de Moncton. Her undergraduate thesis explores how cultural differences affect sexual health information and education given to immigrant women.
Starting September 2018, she will begin work on a Master’s degree in Globalization and International Development specializing in Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa, where she will continue researching the cultural differences surrounding sexual health in different countries.
During her time at Université de Moncton, she has been actively involved with the school of social work and in her community. She has developed an event through her volunteer work with the Women’s Rights committee, which is now in its second edition. During this event, different subjects related to women’s issues are discussed, such as sexual consent on campus and the role of aging women in the community. Outside of university, she volunteers her time to local non-profit organizations. Since 2016, she has been working as a project manager at a non-profit organization advocating for women’s rights. In April 2017, she won the Claude-F-Savoie scholarship, worth 5000$, recognizing her para-academic involvement and her excellent academic performance. In September 2017, she was selected for an internship in Morocco, where she worked at a feminist organization.
In January 2018, she participated at the Parlement Jeunesse Pancanadien in Ottawa Her goal is to follow a career in politics, a subject for which she is very passionate, especially in terms of community building and international development. Natasha is honored to receive the SWAAC Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award and hopes that ALL women’s rights will one day be achieved.