Name: Isabel DeRoy (Windigokan)
Nation: Tr’ondek Hwech’in, Lake Manitoba and Ebb & Flow First Nation
School: Seycove Secondary
As a grade 8 student at Seycove, Isabel’s leadership and public speaking skills have really shone. Most grade 8 students are a bit timid to deliver whole school assemblies, but not Isabel. At the Orange Shirt Day assembly, Isabel stood in front of 600 of her peers and shared her grandparents experiences on how they needed to enfranchise in order to avoid the residential school experience.
This confident student is proud of her Annishnabe and Tr’ondek Hwech’in roots and shares her ancestral heritage with great honour. Her Indigenous name, “Windigokan” means “backwards spirit” or “the one to do things in a manner that is not the average.”
Isabel is anything but average. She excels in all her academics and stands out in all that she gets involved in. She spends A LOT of time as a dancer at Driftwood Academy and loves to draw. Every year she helps with a Sundance at Lake Manitoba First Nation. She loves to travel and does it all the time with her family. Every year she takes family trips to Mexico or Europe. Seycove is certainly that much richer to have Isabel DeRoy as a student leader!