My business was founded in Thunder Bay, Ontario with the hope to inspire, connect and provide opportunities to support the connection to Indigenous Knowledge. Being from that area, bringing forth Indigenous Knowledge felt like a natural progression. Expanding to areas of leadership, and mentoring, in the areas of Professional Development is highly important. Offering time and space, to do this, means a time to recharge, connect, and build lasting relationships.
I carry degrees from Trent University, Lakehead University of which my thesis was published in 2012. I am from Biigtigong Anishinabek and a mixed race Anishinabekwe and my dad is a Newfoundlander. I grew up in my early years in Toronto and later in the north shores of Lake Superior in my mom’s territory which is part of the Robinson Superior Traditional Territory, and is one of the most beautiful places.
Previous to going to university I worked as a National Lifeguard for 3 years and a swim coach and instructor for 5 years. I have also tree planted, and worked as an Outdoor Instructor with Outward Bound and guided trips in north western Ontario around the Black Sturgeon and along very rugged coast of Lake Superior, said to be very challenging. For me this is where I grew up and was my playground.
I’ve worked in the pollical realm as an education coordinator with Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and including on various files, the most rewarding for me in the area of Education Jurisdiction with Treaty 9 and 5. I’ve also worked in the the health sector and additionally provided consulting for most sector including justice, Human Rights, arts based, public legal education, youth focused, Elder focused, Entrepreneurship. Lately expanding to understand more about social media and how to branch out there.
I’d love to help design Land based programming with an Indigenous focus and I love theatre, and writing. I am a creative person who has spent a great deal of time in libraries. And very very fortunate to spend a lot of time with my maternal grandmother from Pic River First Nation, who has now passed on though who I really felt connected with.
I host conferences as a way to build community and connect.