I am from the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Ontario, a member of the Loon Clan, and hold a PhD Interdisciplinary Human Studies from Laurentian University. I am an educator who shares Anishinaabe Teachings and educational approaches to honor diversity, the learner's special gifts, and to build knowledge of self-identity and self-in-relation to Aki (the Land) and each other. I facilitate the honoring of the child's voice and language through the oral tradition and story. I have 25 years experience as a speech-language pathologist in public schools and First Nations education and health sectors.
My recently completed dissertation is entitled "Demonstrating Anishinaabe Storywork Circle Pedagogy: Creating Conceptual Space for Ecological Relational Knowledge in the Classroom" and is an exploration of Indigenous traditions of educational and cultural thought and experiences and the negotiation of space for Aboriginal perspectives within the school context. I am a graduate of the Master of Education program of studies at Nipissing University. My program of research in 2010 illustrated the pragmatics of First Nations storytelling as I investigated the oral tradition with Anishinabe children and Elders. I have presented at national and international conferences and delivered numerous workshops for educators, professionals and community practitioners working with Aboriginal children, families and communities. My publications capture Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing, and seeing gained from personal, research, and professional experience.
My teaching and research expertise is related to Indigenous ideologies in culture-based educational approaches, Indigenous research methodologies, and Aboriginal curriculum perspectives. I am experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of cultural Teachings and ceremonial practices and am an Anishinaabemowin-learner. My commitment to inter-cultural learning and Aboriginal student success is rooted in my belief that culture-based and land-based learning and applications of the Medicine Circle are central to improving relationships.