We’re Here & We’ve Got Something to Say: A Webinar for Youth on Breaking into Policy Spaces


On March 27, 2019, the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) hosted a live webinar with Larissa Crawford on Youth Breaking into Policy Spaces. This youth-facilitated, 2-hour session delivered inspiration and tools required by students and young professionals looking to break into policy and politics. Participants will leave with an increased capacity to:

  • draw connections between their local and global impact;
  • frame their professional and lived experience for applications and biographies;
  • prepare for strategic boldness and assertion of identity in high-level policy and political spaces;
  • network with confidence in these spaces; and follow-up with connections to establish meaningful relationships.

This webinar has been designed in a way that appeals to a diverse range of learning styles.


About the speaker

Larissa’s most recent work applies anti-racism and Indigenous knowledge to renewable energy and environmental policy and advocacy in Canada and internationally.

Larissa recently transitioned from an internship as an Indigenous Policy Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development, and Mines to Advisor to the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. She also works as an Anti-Racism Associate Trainer with a Toronto-based non-profit; serves on the Toronto Police Services Anti-Racism Advisory Panel; and volunteers as Project Lead for York University’s race-based data collection initiative. As the 2018 G7 Youth Head Delegate of Canada, Larissa lobbied successfully for the inclusion of Indigenous environmentalism in the G7 Summit, and continues to do so in the Canadian energy sector. Speaking globally to many audiences, Larissa uses her education and experience to empower others as a professional Public Speaker with Larissa Crawford Speaks.

Larissa is from Calgary, Alberta, and proudly passes on Métis and Jamaican ancestry to her daughter, Zyra.

Find out more on Larissa’s Website and Twitter.