Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator Personnel
I am a First Nations woman and mother from Beausoleil First Nation. I have two beautiful daanis (daughters). I possess a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours from Laurentian University. I completed my first year of my Masters in Social Work at University of Toronto with a specialization in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency. I have extensive knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions and a basic understanding of “Aniishnaabemowin” (Ojibway language). I have grounded myself with my hobbies that are centred around different forms of native art and crafts. I have over 10 years working experience with indigenous communities. This has allowed me to act as a Cultural Liaison skilled in helping clients and families meet their self-development goals, develop their cultural values and cultural identity and to learn new skills. I am knowledgeable in the legacies that still affect Indigenous people today. I have a good understanding of mental health disorders, victims of violence, Indigenous justice, Indigenous healthy relationships, child and adolescent development, family dynamics, as well as counselling techniques. Particularly well-versed in available community resources both on and off reserve. I am a very organized and motivated professional. I have over five years experience in case work management involving socially excluded minority groups with an emphasis on First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture. My overall goal is to inspire people to want to achieve a form of self-identity, to respect their claim to their culture and understand and appreciate the ideology of self-preservation.