Indigenous Research Assistant
Ashley Cummings is from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council (PMYC) and does extensive work in youth engagement and advocacy. To this end, Ashley works frequently in the fields of mental health and wellbeing, Inuit rights, climate change, and Indigenous tourism. She was a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work for the SDG of Good Health & Wellbeing in early 2019. She maintains that one of the most important factors of wellbeing is connection to culture, and for Inuit (who have suicide rates 11x higher than the Canadian average), a large part of this is the land, which is at risk due to climate emergencies. Ashley believes strongly in “nothing about us, without us” and uses her positions with the PMYC, Kids Help Phone’s Indigenous Advisory Council, and Apathy is Boring’s board of directors to advocate for Inuit and youth.