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. I have experiences with all ranges in education, from working with Elders, to adult learners, younger learners, early learners and even in maternal health.
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. I consider myself 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 because I felt it fit the most for the work I wanted to do, as it let me, build this research in a way that reflected my principles of taking a strength based approach. With this knowledge, I decided to build a business because I seen so much work that needs to get done, and adding in a social enterprise component is my way of giving back and being reciprocal.
In regards to my thesis research, understanding the significance of the Land for Anishinabek youth and what they see as its connection to their education and health was important for me because, I was able to situate how place and especially Land is critical in learning and health for Indigenous youth and families. These findings support the position that we should continue to keep the Land the way it is so our future generations can experience, as well as understand histories of the Land, and how the Land shapes who we are.