My Name is Keith McCrady and I am Ojibway and Cree (Bear Clan) from Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation is Northern Ontario. I knew at a young age I was different than those around me. I did not like the name Keith and called myself Mahogany, it fit me better.
I learned that different meant 2-Spirit as I got much older and more recently reclaimed that name I once gave myself. I left my community as it was not a safe place for me to be. I now call Scarborough home and have been able to escape the trauma and harm I once experienced. I worked hard to be in a position where I can count on myself financially and want to offer this Bursary to create a legacy that others may follow, to find themselves in a better position than they once were.
This Bursary is for any 2-Spirit (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) Youth (16-24 years of age) in Greater Toronto Area who want to treat themselves to something they can not afford.