Hannah Martin: Cumberland--Colchester

Hannah Martin: Cumberland--Colchester

Hannah Katli’n Martin is a proud Mi’kmaw woman from the traditional, unceded territory of Taqamiju’jk (Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia) Mi’kma’ki (territory of the Mi’kmaq) and is a member of the We’kopekwitk (Millbrook First Nation) community. Currently, Hannah is a fourth year Honours Indigenous Studies student at McMaster University, pursuing her degree as a 2015 Joyce/Crawford Loran Scholar. Her long-term goals are to study law as well as to learn to speak the Mi’kmaq language. During her undergrad, Hannah co-founded the Indigenous Health Movement (IHM), co-chaired the McMaster Chapter and now holds the position of senior advisor to this chapter. For the 2018-2019 school year, Hannah also served as president of the Cooperative of Indigenous Studies Students and Alumni (CISSA) at McMaster University. In April 2018, Hannah attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), where she advocated for Mi’kmaq Rights. In recent years, Hannah supported the development of community relationships between the Maya Achi Indigenous community of Rabinal, Guatemala and her home communities of Tatamagouche and Millbrook. At the 2018 Treaty Day in Halifax, Hannah was acknowledged for her contributions to the Mi’kmaq Nation and province of Nova Scotia as a recipient of the Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Achievement Award. Hannah is a passionate advocate for cultural reclamation, justice and human rights, traditional governance and self-determination. Her motivation and strength comes from the sacrifice and resilience of those who came before her, especially her grandparents Jean, Ben, Marjorie and Wilbert.