Meet Keynote Tunchai Redvers
Tunchai is one of three keynote speakers being featured during the 2016-17 Student First Anti-Bullying Forum.
Tunchai Redvers is a two-spirit student, advocate, and poet belonging to the Dene Nation, from the Northwest Territories.
Leaving home at a young age to pursue a degree in International Development Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, she began to discover the path she was meant to be on – finding her indigenous community, queer community, and communities committed to social change. Now attending Wilfred Laurier University for her Master of Social Work, she continues to pursue her passion for community development and Indigenous youth empowerment.
Tunchai has spent a significant amount of time working in and with First Nation communities in Northern Ontario and studying and travelling across Latin America. By the age of 22 she was named one of MTV and WE Day’s Top 10 Drivers of Change in Canada, is a recipient of territorial, university, and nationwide scholarships, has been published in the University of Guelph’s Undergraduate Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, and has co-founded the We Matter Campaign.
In her spare time Tunchai loves boxing, listening to stories, and writing poems about people who inspire her.
In her English keynote video, Tunchai discusses her past experiences with bullying, both as a victim and as a bystander, and provides suggestions to students on how they can make their school more supportive and inclusive for everyone. She talks about how to keep ourselves well and how to be a supportive friend. “We are all beautiful, important people. It doesn’t matter our culture, skin colour, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are all people who want to be loved, cared for and supported.”