Who We Are

The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.

NYSHN is lead by and for Indigenous youth 30 years of age and under. In addition to our staff, NYSHN is advised by 3 Youth Councils:
  • National Indigenous Young Women's Council (NIYWC)
  • National Indigenous Youth Council on HIV/AIDS (NIYCHA)
  • National Native American Youth Council on HIV/AIDS (NNYC-HIV)

Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator

Krysta Williams is the Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Krysta is of the Delaware Nation from Moravian of the Thames First Nation. She is a traditional singer and hand drummer, connecting these teachings to reproductive justice and Indigenous Feminisms. She currently volunteers with the National Pregnancy Options Infoline, a free 24/7 link to sexual and reproductive health information and services. Krysta recieved an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo but is more interested in community and land based forms of education and learning.
 
Contact Krysta Williams, Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator at:
 
kwilliams@nativeyouthsexualhealth.com

Youth Facilitators

Destry is the Media Illustrator Youth Protector for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. They are Stony from the Lakota Nation on Treaty 6 land.

They aspire to be an illustrator/artist. They hope to achieve this one day, but for now they'll stay in high school. Destry is an advocate and will stand and protect other youth from oppressive powers and violence against queer Indigenous youth.
 
Alexa Lesperance is a Youth Facilitator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. She is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the makwa (bear) clan and is from Naotkamegwanning First Nation located in Northwestern Ontario. She is currently an undergrad in the Directed Interdisciplinary Studies program with a specialization in reproductive health, rights and justice. She is also working towards becoming an Indigenous practitioner.
 
Alexa initially became involved with NYSHN as one of 18 Indigenous youth leaders through phase two of the NYSHN *Taking Action!* national project where she became even more inspired to continue to nation build, educate and support other Indigenous youth including her brothers and sister.
 

Contact Alexa Lesperance, Youth Facilitator at:

alesperance@nativeyouthsexualhealth.com

 
Billy-Ray Belcourt is a Youth Facilitator with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. He is an Indigenous feminist from the Driftpile Cree Nation and the President of the Aboriginal Student Council at the University of Alberta. There, he is a BA (Honours) candidate studying Comparative Literature and German, working in the fields of queer theory, Indigenous studies, affect theory, and critical animal studies. His writing has been published in Societies, a journal of Sociology, and he is an Assistant Editor with Sprinkle: an Undergraduate Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies.
 

Contact Billy-Ray Belcourt, Youth Facilitator at:

bbelcourt@nativeyouthsexualhealth.com

Interns

Emma Allan is a 14 year old Anishinabae young woman from the Algonquin nation, living in Toronto. Currently gritting her teeth through high school, She enjoys correcting both her Sex Education teacher and History teacher and can often be found scribbling furiously in her sketchbook of the day. Passionate about everything from reading, sleeping, obscure british scifi and procrastination, she's interning for NYSHN with the hope of learning more about the education system, her culture and contributing to the community.
 
Wahpikwanees Mary Harper is a nehiyaw woman from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Alberta. She is currently living in Edmonton and coming close to graduating high school. During her spare time, she loves to read, write poetry, and is also a musician. She continues to expand her artistic routes and by interning for NYSHN, she hopes to open the minds of others as well as expand their knowledge, as well as her own, about current world issues.

Website Designer & Administrator

Shane H. Camastro is the Website Designer and Administrator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. He is currently studying Aboriginal Studies, Celtic Studies and English at the University of Toronto. As an active member of the queer and trans* community in Toronto, Shane spends his time supporting LGBTTI2SQ* youth through his work facilitating dialogues around community building and anti-oppression, as a volunteer coordinator and supervisor, graphic designer/web administrator for non-profits, peer support worker, and arts mentor. The work he is involved with primarily focuses on inclusive sexual health education, mental health stigma and self-care, queer and trans* familiies, queering curriculum and anti-oppression education - with an emphasis on Trans* justice.
 
If you have any issues with or inquiries about the website, contact:

webadmin@nativeyouthsexualhealth.com