Kiah Hachey was born into her family as “Aqattuaq”, her Inuktitut name given to her by her grandmother. She was raised in the small community of Baker Lake, Nunavut, where she grew up amongst her mother’s side of the family.
She gives much credit to her extended family and her community for the person she is today.
Throughout high school, Kiah spent much of her time playing sports. She was fortunate to be able to represent Team Nunavut at the Arctic Winter Games four consecutive times in the sport of indoor soccer. Sports have always been apart of her regular lifestyle.
Upon graduating from high school, she completed two years of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program in Ottawa, where she studied the history of Inuit and Nunavut, experienced life beyond her community and had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world.
She is grateful for the opportunities she has had through school and sports for they have allowed her to meet new people, be exposed to things outside of her community as well as take pride in where she comes from. She understands the challenges that many Inuit and Aboriginal youth face today and hopes to help support youth to realize and utilize the potential that they have to overcome those challenges.
Kiah recently completed her first year of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Carleton University and is currently back in her hometown.
GEN7 Messenger Kiah Hachey talks about looking up to her grandmother and the importance of the GEN7 Program.