Jayde Lavoie is a fifth-year student in Conflict, Human Rights, and Indigenous Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests lie at the intersection of Indigenous and environmental human rights, Arctic policy, and international law. She is a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for Young Global Leaders in April 2018, and an “Instant Recognition Award” from the Northern Affairs Sector of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada for her contributions to the Northern Renewable Energy Approaches to Community Heating and Electricity (REACHE) Program in April 2019. Jayde has also actively been involved in equity driven initiatives in the Ottawa community, as past Engagement Lead for youth and women-led non-profit, Ally Squared, and as a past member of the University of Ottawa Student Union’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Equity Committee. Currently, Jayde eagerly anticipates a Junior Professional Consultant contract through the United Nations Association of Canada’s International Development and Diplomacy Internship Programme, to begin in January 2021.
Under the leadership of Dr. Will Greaves, Jayde’s research focuses on Canadian Armed Forces recruitment and retention initiatives for Indigenous peoples, as well as the CAF’s role in addressing human security concerns for Arctic Indigenous communities, as they are exacerbated by the heightening impacts of climate change.