I am a qualified teacher, with an Honours degree from Trent University in Indigenous Studies, a member of good standing with the OTC with a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, and a Masters Degree from Lakehead University.
I have over 15 years of experience in Indigenous Research, facilitation, policy, curriculum writing, and program development. Over the years I have worked primarily in adult education. I have also chaired meetings, and called together different groups of people to share ideas, build community and examine needs of various ideas, capacities, strengths and areas in need of further examination.
In my work past, I have advised, visioned, planned, advocated, researched and prepared. I’ve been involved in art, justice, education, health and worked directly with both Elders and youth.
I’ve worked with most political territorial organizations in northern Ontario including Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Robinson Superior & Treaty 3 areas, and the Grand Council of Treaty Three through my work in other fields. I’ve worked with Lakehead University, Broland Tree planting, Outward Bound, and Rediscovery International and in the field of Outdoor education including with Outward Bound(Black Sturgeon, ON) for three summers, attended Rediscovery International’s Training in Victoria BC, and tree planted for one summer. (One forest planted by me in and around Manitouwadge ON with BroLand- traditional territories of Bigtigong Anishnawbe).
I have contributed in the education, health, justice, & art sectors. Richmond-Saravia is a committed advocate in anti violence and in creating spaces for healthy activities, especially with Land at heart. My thesis, “The significance of the land in the education and health of Anishinaabe youth from Pic River First Nation” uses a decolonizing framework in order to understand and share the experiences of twenty-one Anishinabek youth from Pic River First Nation, Ontario, Canada in relation to how the Land is significant for their education and good health. Understanding the significance of the Land for Anishinabek youth and what they see as its connection to their education and health is important. These findings support the position that we should continue to keep the Land the way it is so our future generations can experience this too. This research study contributes to the need to hear from Indigenous youth. The stories shared here reflect how Pic River youth situate themselves and thrive from the Land, community and family in Pic River. Though there is research on Indigenous ways of knowing, and how Indigenous youth learn, there are fewer studies on how Land is significant for the youth, how the Land makes them feel, and how this contributes to their education and good health.
In my teen years, I became a National Lifeguard, a Red Cross Swim Instructor and coached swimming for about 5 years. I worked at the Port Hole Pool in Marathon, ON for since the age of 14, where I started out as an assistant Swim Coach. Being trained in the fields of lifeguarding is and has always meant I see a lot of the world through, well the lifeguard never leaves you, that’s for sure.