Andrea Landry

Communications grad student balances research with First Nations advocacy work

Andrea Landry’s tiny, remote aboriginal community in Northern Ontario isn’t immune to the challenges that plague so many similar places, but regardless of the problems and the external perceptions of her people, she’s still filled with a great sense of optimism for their future.

“When people come to our communities, they see high levels of poverty, substance abuse and suicide, but they don’t see how connected we are to our culture,” says the graduate student from Pays-Plat Ontario, a First Nations community of about 60 people located three hours east of Thunder Bay.