Scarborough North

Avery Velez is Qalipu Mi’kmaq from Taqamkuk, Mi’kmaq territory on the west coast of Newfoundland. Avery is committed to all six pillars of the Green Party and is particularly devoted to fighting for equity, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, and healthy communities.

Avery has a degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa, and has spent the better part of the last four years working in the federal public service. Avery started their career in Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada where they worked on land claims implementation, before a brief time on the First Nations’ Education Engagement team, and then over a year working on international gender policy in the Department for Women and Gender Equality. Avery is currently exploring further career options, navigating how best to apply their skills to a passion for environmental justice and social equity.

Avery has been involved with the Green Party of Canada since early 2018 and has served as co-chair of the Young Greens of Canada Council and as a youth representative on Federal Council since August 2018. Avery has also been involved in the Young Greens of Canada Platform Input and Engagement Committee, which has engaged with Shadow Cabinet and the Campaign Working Group to provide feedback and proposed text for the 2019 election platform.