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Our Emerging Leader Award is granted to applicants who demonstrate a deep commitment to addressing gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people, who are utilizing their studies to lead ongoing efforts to raise awareness, support survivors, or prevent future violence. Each Emerging Leader Award recipient is given a $500 honorarium. 



Rachel Bach is Ktunaxa from ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation. Her heart is in Manitoba, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba and Master’s degree in Development Practice in Indigenous Development at the University of Winnipeg. Bach has extensive experience working with Indigenous women and youth. Her work and research experience demonstrate a decade long commitment to reproductive safety and culturally-based services for Indigenous people. She is in her final year of the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University and currently serves Indigenous pregnant people in Winnipeg.

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