Rayna Martens,


Policy Programs Coordinator

Tānisi. Rayna nisiyīkāson. Ê-nêhiyâwiyân ôma. Poundmaker ohci niya.

My name is Rayna. I am a Plains Cree woman from Poundmaker, a Treaty Six nation in Saskatchewan, and currently reside in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, AB). I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from The King’s University. My work has primarily focused on food sovereignty and food security.

I am passionate about environmental stewardship, social justice, and our collective and personal relationship to land and place. I am committed to fanning the flame of IYR’s mission to empower Indigenous youth and witness them arise as powerful leaders across nations.

I am a lettering artist and illustrator, a poet and aspiring author, anthropology nerd and avid reader, and a deep lover of animals and nature. You can often find me barefoot in forests, drinking oat lattes in coffee shops, or in my kitchen experimenting with new recipes.

Portrait of Rayna Martens against a background of pine trees. Her hair is braided with red ribbons and she is wearing a beaded choker.