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Maya Cousineau Mollen

Maya Cousineau Mollen, of the Innu-Montagnais First Nation, was adopted in a traditional way by Quebec parents based on the decision from her Innu mother. Encouraged by her parents, she began writing poetry at the age of 14. 

 

This means of expression follows her throughout her existence. Poetry is an outlet for freeing yourself from strong or negative emotions, or simply to celebrate an important moment. Maya is a modestly published author in anthologies and literary journals, and she is also the author of a short story in the collection Amun under the direction of Michel Jean. 

She has 20 years of experience working in the First Nations world. Founder of the Aboriginal student association at Laval University and also co-founder of the Quebec and Labrador First Nations Youth Council, which has since become the current First Nations Youth Network of Quebec and Labrador. She believes enormously in the potential of youth. Their energy and willingness deserve to be encouraged.

Now a Community Development Advisor for EVOQ Architecture, Maya is pleased to continue her work with communities. She is an ambassador for this great team that has been serving Inuit and First Nations for more than 35 years. For the EVOQ team, the word “decolonization” is not a scary word, but a beautiful challenge. In carrying out the various projects we encourage Inuit and First Nations communities to reclaim their cultural and historical imprint and express it through the poetry of architecture.

Maya is also on the board of Projets Autochtones du Québec and is a proud volunteer of the Montreal Wolf Pack.

 

She was elected as NETWORK co-chair un June 2018 for a two year term.