Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie is a 23 year old Anishinaabe Two-Spirit from Sagkeeng First Nation, graduating with a BA in Indigenous Studies and Political Science. Sadie-Phoenix formerly was the Co-President for the UW Aboriginal Student Council; Aboriginal Student Commissioner for the Canadian Federation of Students MB; and Vice-President of External Affairs on the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association. Sadie-Phoenix is currently the National Executive Representative of the Circle of First Nations, Mètis and Inuit Students. Sadie-Phoenix has worked on numerous on student led initiatives including the Indigenous Course Requirement and the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign.
Sadie-Phoenix is one of the co-founders of the Winnipeg based, Red Rising Magazine, which gives Indigenous youth a platform to share their perspectives and experiences to a broad audience without censorship. Sadie-Phoenix attended the UN COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco last November on behalf of the Canadian Climate Youth Coalition. She also was one of the 100 youth arrested on Parliament Hill protesting the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, and has been on the front line of Standing Rock twice last year. Sadie-Phoenix has participated and organized numerous community events, rallies, marches and speeches around Indigenous rights, challenging racism and colonialism, Indigenous climate justice and youth empowerment. Sadie-Phoenix is able to do all this work with the spiritual guidance of Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers, and consistently going to ceremonies with other youth leaders.