In this brief, Alexa Blyan, an Indigenous youth activist, discusses her project “Digital Voices” which seeks to provide a destigmatized space for youth to discuss their experiences. Through Digital Voices, Blyan explains how the platform can promote connection and healing through the process of storytelling.
Alexa Blyan is an 18 year old international activist, mentor and motivational speaker from Lloydminster, Canada. She advocates for Indigenous rights issues such as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples, intergenerational trauma, and mental health. She has spoken at Pecha Kucha, local Sister in Spirit vigils, The Western Canadian Tobacco Reduction Forum, and has also appeared at the Alberta Legislature. Her radio features include CKUW Radio, CBC News, PTL News and City News. Recently, Alexa has worked with APTN, and Narrative Research on projects regarding Indigenous youth in Canada. Some of her international work includes appearances on Fishbowl Radio (Texas), Authors On The Air (Florida), and with author VS Holmes (New Hampshire).