Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie is a 22 year old student at the University of Winnipeg, originally from Sagkeeng First Nation, working towards a 4yr BA in Indigenous Studies and minor in Political Science. Formerly she was the Co-President for the UW Aboriginal Student Council, as well former Aboriginal Student Commissioner for the Canadian Federation of Students MB Chapter. She is currently the Vice-President of External Affairs on the University of Winnipeg Students' Association. Sadie-Phoenix is also a co-founder of the Winnipeg based, Red Rising Magazine, which gives Indigenous youth a platform to share their perspectives and experiences to a broad audience without censorship.
Sadie-Phoenix has worked on numerous initiatives including the Indigenous Course Requirement that is now being implemented this fall term at the University of Winnipeg, which ensures every undergraduate student must take one course from a range of approved courses that is majority Indigenous perspective in areas of culture, language, history, contemporary issues, and ways of knowing. Also, Sadie-Phoenix is working on a Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign with the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association called DivestUW, lobbying the Board of Regents and Board Foundation to divest its’ investments within the oil industry.
Sadie-Phoenix has participated in numerous community events, rallies, marches and spoke speeches tailored around Indigenous rights, climate justice and youth and student empowerment. Sadie-Phoenix is able to do all this work with the spiritual guidance of Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers, and consistently going to ceremonies with other youth.