Oshogeeshik, Nimkeeg dodemeh, Potawatomi/Ojibwe Anishinaabe, Aazhwaakwaa Oon Ji, Citizen of the Council of Three Fires, Walpole Island First Nation
Dr. Mark Aquash has a firm foundation in culturally-based Indigenous education through guidance by many highly esteemed spiritual leaders from across North America as well as teachings by elders, extended family and grandparents. He acknowledges his success in mainstream education through culturally-based education while attending the Red School House.
Dr. Aquash is the Director and Lead Consultant of Thunderclan Associates, Educational Consulting from a First Nations Perspective. He has over 25 years of experience in education in K-12 and post-secondary teaching and administration. He has served in diverse educational consulting capacities, has lectured widely and delivers keynotes on many of his research interests and Indigenous issues both nationally and internationally and continues to maintain connections with American Indian Tribes and First Nation communities across North America.
Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann has been ‘kindling conversations’ and weaving Indigenous perspectives into education ever since she was a teacher candidate at the University of Calgary. Now as Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives at the Werklund School of Education, an associate professor, co-Chair of the University of Calgary Indigenous Strategy, international researcher, advocate and change-maker, Jacqueline is helping to transform practices in leadership and education. Jackie is driven to create schools and communities that are inclusive of, and draw wisdom and strength from, Indigenous ways of knowing and being. http://werklund.ucalgary.ca/educ_info/profiles/jacqueline-ottmann
It has been my experience in diverse Indigenous communities across Canada that, as with most people, when you meet someone it is important to introduce yourself by sharing your name. My name is James Shawana and I am currently a Doctor of Education in Adult Learning student at the University of Calgary. I have a Master of Education and Bachelor of Social Work from Thompson Rivers University. I currently live in Edmonton.
My mother, Alvina Mary Shawana, is Anishnabek from Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. My mother raised my brother and I as a single parent. My biological father is of European ancestry. I was not born in my mother’s home Anishnabek territory, as I was born and raised in the predominantly Cree territory of northern Alberta. I have moved many times in my life, living in various First Nations territories, provinces, cities, towns, municipal districts, and in a First Nations community.
I acknowledge that I only know a few words of the Anishnabek language, but know more Cree words as a result of living in Cree territory. My life might be considered symbolic of the many ways in which our traditional ways have been disrupted and displaced but this also means I have been privileged to learn new ways and adapting to the changed times and environments.
Secretary-Treasurer – Dr. Margaret Kress-White http://fn-innovation-pn.com/default.as Dr. Margaret Kress, Tahkwaki Waapikwani Iskwew, Autumn Flower Woman, was born in Saskatchewan, in the grasslands of Treaty Four territory and the Métis homelands. She proudly embraces her Métis ancestry, and continues to honour her French, English and German ancestors.
Margaret works closely with Elders, knowledge keepers and educational and community leaders throughout Canada in the areas of Indigenous wellness, Indigenous and inclusive education, and social and environmental justice. Currently, she supports students and faculty as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick in teaching, research, and service, with a focus on critical issues associated with Indigenous education, Indigenous research methodologies, and Indigenous language retrieval and protection. She is the recent recipient of a SSHRC Insight Grant (2016-2020) entitled Preserving sacred landscapes: the reawakening of blood memory as justice. As Principal Investigator, she collaborates with researchers from the Universities of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Stockholm and the Sami University College. She is the author of selected publications in Canadian Women Studies, kimiwan, Of Land & Living Skies: A community Journal on Place, Land, and Learning, and Honouring Indigenous Women-Hearts of Nation.