I am currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

Email       larissa@larissacrawfordspeaks.com

Phone         647 462 6369

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I am a passionate researcher, and am endlessly seeking opportunities to engage in research that leads to lived impact. I have taken a keen interest in creating space for Indigenous theory and bodies in anti-racism rhetoric; in community and participatory action research; and more recently in the legal rights of water and climate change policy.

Policy & Research

My research primarily concerns...

Research that centralizes Indigenous worldview, knowledge, and responds to Indigenous needs and inquiries

Research that seeks to identify, theorize, and then act against individual or systemic discrimination

Research that requires the active participation of the research partners (rather than 'subjects')

Data collected about participant's race, gender, sexuality, etc. that is then analyzed and reported in a way to improve services

Research that emphasizes power differences and assigns constant attentiveness to colonial influences

Research examining how the legal rights of water can be embodied within a variation of the Canadian legal framework

Policy & Research Positions

Indigenous Policy Advisor (Intern)

Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development, and Mines / Sep 2018 - Present

Ribbon Skirt Artist

Ontario Council of International Cooperation / Oct 2018

Colour of Poverty 2018 Fact Sheets

Lead Researcher

Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change / Jun 2018 - Sep 2018

Indigenous Research Assistant

York University Dean's Award for Research Excellence / May 2018 - Sep 2018

York Student Identity Census Project Lead

York University Race Inclusion and Supportive Environments Committee / Apr 2017 - Present

G7 Youth (Y7) Head Delegate

Young Diplomats of Canada / Apr 2018 - Present

Aboriginal Special Initiatives and 

Projects Coordinator

York University Centre for Aboriginal Students / Sep 2017 - Sep 2018

Digital Story Content Creator

Wilfred Laurier University / Aug 2017

International policy making with the G7

The Youth 7 (Y7) Summit is one of Formal G7 Engagement Group Summits held alongside the G7 Summit, bringing together youth delegates to represent the millions of young people who live, study and work across G7 member states and the European Union.

"Serving as the Head Delegate of the Y7 Canadian Delegation has been deeply rewarding on many levels. As an anti-racism policy and Indigenous researcher, the Y7 Summit offered real-life experience where I had the opportunity to advocate for and negotiate policies in a space where we could actually influence national and international commitments."

Why You Should Always Apply: Reflections of the Y7 Summit

The Y7 Call to Action

Some of my recent research...



Ribbon Skirt


York Student Identity Census



Indigenous Ethics


Indigenous History Month