Gabrielle Fayant is the co-founder of Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G), an Indigenous non-profit youth-led organization that came together after the winter of Idle No More from the vision of three young people. A7G successfully ran an empowerment program called ReachUp! North in the winter of 2015 and is worked on the Mass Blanket Exercise Movement that will bring together 11 cities across Canada in the spring of 2016 to face the untold history of Canada through the lens of Indigenous peoples over the past 500 years. Gabrielle is also the recipient of the 2015 Indspire Metis Youth Award and 2016 JS Woodsworth Individual Leadership Award.
Fayant has worked with the National Association of Friendship Centres, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Aboriginal Healing Foundation, & Canadian Commission of UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group, but has done the most meaningful work in ceremony and reclaiming traditional songs and medicine knowledge that had been taken away from many Indigenous families through colonization, from residential schools and the child welfare system for example.
At the age of 28, Gabrielle is the access producer, writer and host of a TV show called Noongom, meaning today in anishinabemowin, that highlights today's realities of Indigenous peoples. She is also the interim co-host and producer of the Michif Hour on CKCU FM, a radio show that talks about Metis history and contemporary issues while exploring Metis artists, past and present. Fayant also sings with a women's hand drum group and helps facilitate a drum circle every week at Wabano Health Centre.