I am currently cultivating a teaching role at Durham College (Oshawa, Ontario), having developed the school’s first Indigenous Studies course. As professor, I encourage students to challenge their pre-conceived notions about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and have them explore the past, present, and future as it relates to our renewed national direction towards reconciliation.
I am passionate about reconciliation through education, and motivated to create meaningful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by means of (inclusive) values-based teaching and sharing. My lived experiences, academic and employment history have afforded the ability to do this. I encourage students to learn experientially, and provide varied opportunities for critical reflection.
I was recently invited to Parliament Hill to participate as a panel speaker in the "Reaching Indigenous Youth" conference, MC’d by equality advocate, Hon. Jean Augustine and hosted by the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP). I explored the question: Is Cultural Genocide to Blame for the Situation of Indigenous Youth?
Trent University – 2015-2017 - Bachelor of Education: Intermediate/Senior (Teachables: History/Indigenous Studies) Trent University – 2012-2015 - Bachelor of Arts: History (Indigenous History) Durham College – 2009-2011 - Ontario College Diploma: Fitness and Health Promotions
I am a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and a proud descendant of the Drummond Island Métis and Wild Rice People (Menominee). Following the War of 1812 and the ceding of Drummond Island to the United States, my ancestors and many other voyageur families migrated to Penetanguishene, settling one of Canada’s earliest Métis settlements. I recognize this historical community as my home, where I actively contribute to our people’s evolving identity. I am grateful for these opportunities to engage in Métis tradition, and am fortunate to have also experienced aspects of other Indigenous cultures from across Turtle Island.