Caitlin Tolley is a young Anishinabe leader from the community of Kitigan-Zibi.
She is currently in the process of completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa. During her spare time she is busy volunteering by speaking to groups of young people across the country and sitting on various committees.
Caitlin previously held the position of the Spokesperson for the First Nations Quebec and Labrador Youth Network. During her tenure as the Spokesperson she had the opportunity of advocating for First Nations youth on the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council.
Caitlin strongly believes that First Nations youth are a vital component of society as they are not the leaders of tomorrow, but rather the leaders of today. She believes that it is time that their voices be heard and recognized with regards to any issue relevant to Canadian society.
In June 2012, Caitlin was also elected by members in Kitigan-Zibi as the youngest Band Councillor to become elected within her community at twenty one years old.
She has spoken passionately at various protest gatherings on Parliament Hill for issues facing First Nations women and youth, at events such as missing and murdered Indigenous women and First Nations education.
Caitlin is also considered to be a former Miss Algonquin Nation, Quebec Youth of the Year and National Aboriginal Role Model. She had the opportunity of representing her community by being an Olympic Torch Bearer during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.