Tra­cie Léost

St. Lau­rent, Man­i­toba

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At just nine­teen years old, Tra­cie Léost is a young Indige­nous leader, ac­tivist, and track and field ath­lete. In 2014, Léost won three bronze medals un­der the Métis flag at the North Amer­i­can Indige­nous Games in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2015, af­ter learn­ing of the dis­ap­pear­ance of more and more Indige­nous women and feel­ing a grow­ing sense of frus­tra­tion about the lack of po­lit­i­cal will to launch an in­quiry into the is­sue, Léost set out on a four-day 115 km run to raise aware­ness. She raised over $6,000 for the Fam­i­lies First Foun­da­tion and gar­nered in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion. In Septem­ber 2016, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada launched the Na­tional In­quiry into Miss­ing and Mur­dered Indige­nous Women and Girls. Now in her sec­ond year in the Indige­nous So­cial Work Pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Regina, Léost con­tin­ues to ad­vo­cate for Indige­nous peo­ples.

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