Mélanie-Rose Frappier, is an ex-competitive squash player who founded It’s Cool To Be Healthy and teaches Canadian teens about Indigenous history. All of Frappier’s projects are born from her own curiosity. And it’s easy to understand this desire to know more when you know how complex her upbringing is: Metis, half French, half Anishinaabe, living in Sudbury, Ontario.
The 21-year-old is currently studying Health Promotion and Indigenous Studies. But in her spare time, she goes from school to school to help Indigenous teens connect with their culture by sharing with them what her own quest for identity taught her. And in her spare time from that, she works so young people can live a healthy life in what has been dubbed one of Canada’s most obese cities.