Emily Wang: Calgary Confederation

Emily Wang: Calgary Confederation

Emily is an artist and advocate for social and environmental change. She is currently in her first year at the University of Calgary. During highschool, she had the incredible opportunity to help build an interschool relationship with Acswalcta, an Indigenous school in Bella Coola. After attending Acwsalcta’s 30th anniversary potlatch ceremony, she spearheaded a penpal program between the two schools to help students form meaningful connections. As well, she created a mural, composed of traditional Nuxalk which she obtained permission to use. Emily painted the outlines, and over 60 students to the mural while appreciating the deeper meanings behind the Nuxalk designs. Emily is also actively involved in her community in Calgary. She is the Lead on School Engagement with CARE Canada, a branch on the international humanitarian agency that provides funds for women and girls in developing countries. She is helping organize the 2019 Walk in Her Shoes event at the Calgary Zoo, where participants will walk over 10,000 steps-- the distance women in developing countries walk each day to collect water. These journeys can take up to 6 hours a day, leaving no time for girls to attend school. Emily loves working with CARE as it has an exponential impact-- the Canadian government matches donations by 10. As well, Emily regularly volunteers at the University of Calgary’s Native Centre and works as a freelance graphic designer for TeaTowels.ca. This Spring, you can find her at Cedar Coast Field Station, where she will volunteer and create art.