Deborah Young [B.S.W. 1994, M.S.W. 2000]

Deborah Young

Opaskwayak Cree Nation
Executive Lead for Indigenous Achievement at the University of Manitoba

What inspires you?
My greatest inspiration is my family - my children, husband, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins. My family instilled a strong cultural identity in me (Cree and proud), including the importance of a university education, and my children taught me how to live a life full of joy, laughter and unconditional love.

What is your advice to current Indigenous university students and the 2014 Indigenous graduates of the University of Manitoba?
Be happy. Laugh. Find love and friendship. Love and respect yourself. Feast often. Dream big.

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