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Melissa Baldwin (they/them) is the co-chair of Aging Activisms (, an activist-research collective based at Trent University and led by Dr. May Chazan. In 2017, Melissa completed an MA in Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent, which drew on queer theory and feminist geography to consider the Peterborough Poetry Slam as a resistant space-making. Outside of research, Melissa spends their time running outdoor forest and music programming for kids and teens, making shows on Trent Radio, facilitating the Youth Climate Action Club, and playing music. As a genderqueer settler, Melissa is grateful to be living in the lands of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg, in the territory covered by the Williams Treaty, and to be learning about the responsibilities of this relationship.

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