Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, Rachel Lim (she/her) is a student at the University of Ottawa, where she is majoring in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. Rachel is a member of Amnesty’s Mississauga and University of Ottawa groups, National Organizers Program, and Climate Justice and Gender Rights Specialized Teams. She is also the newly-appointed Chair of the Amnesty Toronto Business and Human Rights+Indigenous Rights Group. In her advocacy work, she prioritizes the protection of Indigenous peoples through Amnesty’s initiatives, from spreading awareness about MMIWG2S in the No More Stolen Sisters Campaign to solidarity actions for Indigenous environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) like Bernardo Caal Xol.
Rachel believes that creative expression is a powerful activist tool crucial to all forms of solidarity work. To her, The Matchstick provides an accessible platform through which artists and writers can meaningfully engage in human rights education. She pushes everyone in the art community to decolonize by honouring the work of Indigenous artists, and particularly recommends the work of Alanah Jewell (@morning.star.designs), a Haudenosaunee illustrator, painter and muralist from the Bear Clan, Oneida Nation.