I am from the Frog dodem/clan. My Anishinaabek name is Makadaygobwiik. I carry other names too. They have come at different times of my life. I grew up next to Lake Superior but spent my early years in Toronto: Willowdale, North York, Scarborough; the traditional territory of A Dish with One Spoon where I was born. There are many parts of my childhood that influence my work. Whether it be the inspiration in spending a lot of time outdoors. Or the relationships that gave me my identity.
About my business
I am a certified teacher, with the Ontario Teachers Certification. I have a Masters of Education, and I am a published writer. A huge part of my work is around education and the TRC and to help support the process around having these difficult conversations and help to create change and create spaces.
beSuperior is located in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario and offers services that are rooted in Indigenous perspectives.
beSuperior is about recognizing the Lake: a place of imagination, connection and inspiration, and courageous. being Superior, is about existing in courageous ways. My identity matters because it connects me to who I am, and how I work. I see, myself as being strongly influenced by the work ethics of my grandfathers, who were also both entrepreneurs: both though, working on the Land. beSuperior is a sole proprietorship and I am Indigenous/Anishinabek and Newfoundlander woman from Biigtigong Anishnabeg formerly Pic River though residing in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada.
I truly believe in education as a transformative act. As empowerment. As in, when we invest in our learning, we are investing in ourselves, to be better leaders, that speak to the demographics and the people around us. So we can be kind. We can be sensitive. We can learn with our hearts, and have the courage to do so. Learning is also about the spaces we provide. We have to chose this carefully and with great detail and thought.
nurturing a connection to where we live
Drawing on the beauty and power of the Big Lake we live by and gain our sustenance from, has always been an inspiration for me. beSuperior was hoped to instil this inner beauty and belief in connection.
beSuperior strives to ignite a light within all those who participate in programming or consulting with beSuperior.
beSuperior is about recognizing the ability to believe the sky is the limit, and that at the same time we are grounded by the knowledge of our roots.
Nurturing a connection with the place we live, and making this a possibility is a testimony of our strength and creativity. beSuperior utilizes an Indigenous Methodology approach and is guided by respectful work, reciprocal work, relevant work, and lastly relationally which translates to the importance of the circle and how we are all related. These are the basics of Indigenous Research Methodologies. (Shawn Wilson, Margaret Kovach)
beSuperior believes that its cultural component, creative edge and unique vision of strength centred approaches including decolonizing which is essentially building upon our strengths. Using Reggio methods as a base, which is based on multiple intelligences, in recognition too of the environment as the third teacher. So the environment we learn in is just as important as what we are learning. Encouraging inquiry is also important and critical thinking.
building relevant spaces that speak to the ones we are working with and for
I believe in infusing as many spaces with Indigenous Knowledge and in being culturally appropriate, and supportive in the best ways possible, and importantly, asking ourselves, how does our location or space, reflect the quality of what we offer? Does it? I really believe as Dr. Emily Fairies, a Cree Scholar shared, in her work around how schools need to be a site of both decolonizing and healing.
Giving back is part of what I do, because I think we need to create more spaces for us to come together in our expertise and field. If we don’t shine the light for one another, who will? If we are not there, to help support much needed conversations. Knowing where we come from and honouring that knowledge, is a beginning.