ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᐢᑭᔾ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᓇᑲᓇᐠ 20 ᑕᔑᐧᐊᐠ ᐊᐸᒋᐊᑲᓇᐠ ᑲ ᑲᑫᐢᑭᒥᐧᐁᒋᐠ᙮ ᐅᑯ ᐊᐸᒋᐊᑲᓇᐠ ᐧᐃᓇᐧᐊᐤ ᑲ ᐊᔭᒥᐊᒋᐠ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐧᐊᐢᑭᐠ ᑲ ᐃᑕᓂᒋ ᑕᔑᓀ ᐊᐸᑎᓯᐧᐊᐠ ᐁ ᐅᑕᐱᒋᐠ᙮ ᑌᓕᐳᓂᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐱᑯ ᑯᑕᑭᐠ ᐃᑌᑫ ᑕᑭᐅᒋ ᑲᒋᑎᓇᑲᓂᐧᐊᐧᓇᐠ ᐁᐧᐃ ᐊᔭᒥᐃᒋᐠ᙮ ᐅᑯ ᐊᐸᒋᐊᑲᓇᐠ ᐧᐃᓇᐧᐊᐤ ᑲ ᐅᒋᐢᑕᒪᑫᒋᐠ ᐱᒥᐃᐧᐁᐧᐃᓇ ᒪᓂᐸᓂᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᐃᔑ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᐃᑕᐧᑲᓂᓂᑭ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊᐢᑭᔭ᙮ ᒧᓇ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑫᐧᑲᓂᐤ ᑲᑕ ᒥᓯᑌᐸᓂᐧᑕᐧᐊᐠ ᑫᐧᑲᐣ ᑲ ᑲᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᐧᐃᑕᒪᑯᒋᐠ ᑲᐱᒥᐊᒋᐠ᙮ ᑕᔑᓀ ᐃᑕᐧᐊᐠ ᐅᑯ ᐊᐸᒋᐊᑲᓇᐠ ᐁ ᐅᑕᐱᒋᐠ ᑭᔕᐢᐱᐣ ᐊᐧᐁᓂᑲᓇ ᐧᐃᐊᔭᒥᐃᑯᐧᑕᐧᐁ᙮

ᐧᐸᑊ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐃᑐᑕᒧᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᐅᒪᐡᑫᑯᐧᐃ ᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᑲᒪᒥᓄᒥᐧᐁᐟ ᐃᓂᑯᐠ ᑲ ᑭ ᐯᒋ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᐟ ᐅᒪ ᐁ ᑭᑐᑕᐠ ᔕᐧᐸᐢᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᓇᑕᐢᑭᐠ ᐃᓂᓂᐠ ᐃᑌᑫ ᒥᑐᓀᓂᒋᑲᓂ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᓀᐢᑕ ᒥᓄᐸᓂᐧᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᐁ ᑭᐊᑐᐢᑲᑕᐠ ᒥᐧᓇᒋᐃᑎᓱᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᐃᑌᑫ᙮ ᐧᑲᔭᐢᐠ ᐁᓂᓯᑐᑕᐠ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐃ ᑐᑕᒧᐧᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᐁ ᒥᐧᓇᒋᐃᑎᓱᓇᓂᐧᐊᓂᓂᐠ ᒥᓄᐱᒪᑎᓯᐧᐃ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐁ ᐊᔭᐟ ᑲᐡᑭᐅᐧᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᑕᓀᐢᐱᒋ ᑭᐢᑌᓂᑕᐧᑲᓂᓂᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐁᑭᐢᑌᓂᑕᐠ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᑭᐢᑭᓄᐊᒪᑫᓂᒋ ᑭᔐᔭᐊᐧᐊ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑲ ᐃᔑᑐᑕᒥᓂᒋ ᑫᐧᑲᓇ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐃ ᐣᑐᑯᓄᓇ ᐁᓄᒋᑕᓂᒋ᙮ ᐁ ᑭᐢᑭᓄᐊᒪᑫᐟ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐃ ᐊᔭᒥᒋᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᒣᐧᑲᐨ ᐁ ᐊᐸᑎᓯᐟ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐧᐃᐣ᙮ ᒥᒉᐧᑕᔦᐠ ᑲ ᑭ ᐃᔑ ᐸᐸᔭᐸᑎᓯᐟ ᐅᑌ ᐃᑌᑫ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐧᐃ ᐊᐢᑭᐠ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊᐢᑭᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᐃᑕᐧᑲᓂᓂᑭ ᑲᑦᐸ ᐧᐃᓇ ᐁ ᑭᐱᑦᐸᓂᐧᑕᐟ ᐅᑕ ᑲᓇᑕᐢᑭᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᒪᐣᑌᐧᐊᐢᑭᐠ ᐊᓚᐢᑲ ᑲ ᐃᔑᓂᑲᑌᓂᐠ᙮ ᑭᔐᔭᐧᐊᐧᐃ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᓀᐢᑕ ᒥᐧᓇᒋᐃᐧᐁᐧᐃ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᐁ ᑭᐱᑦᐸᓂᐧᑕᐟ᙮ ᐧᐸᑊ ᑭ ᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐤ ᒪᓯᓇᐃᑲᓂᓂᐤ ᑲᒥᓂᐟ ᐊᐧᐁᓂᑲᐣ ᐁᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐟ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᑲᐡᑭᐅᐟ᙮ ᓂᒥᓄᑌᐊᐣ ᓂᓇ ᐁ ᐃᑕᐢᑌᓂᐠ ᐁ ᐅᑕᐧᐃᒪᐧᐃᐟ ᐁ ᐅᑲᐧᐃᒪᐧᐃᐟ᙮ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑯᑕᑭᔭ ᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐧᐃᓇ ᐁᑭᒥᓂᐟ ᐁ ᑭᔕᐳᐡᑲᐠ ᐁ ᐸᑭᑎᓇᐠ ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᐸᐧᑲᐣᑕᐤ ᑫᐧᑲᓇ ᑲ ᐊᐸᒋᑕᓂᐧᐊᓂᓂᑭ᙮ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑭᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐤ ᑭᒋ ᑭᐢᑭᓄᐊᒪᑫᐟ ᐁᐧᑲᐧᐊ ᐯᔭᐠ ᓂᑕᐸᒋᐊᑲᓂᓇᐣ ᐅᑕ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐧᐃ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ᙮ 

My name is Ron Ojibway and Cree roots and is from the Bear Clan. I am a band member of the Red Rock Indian Band (Lake Helen 1st Nation) with my grandmother’s roots from the Moose Cree Nation. As a family man, married for 24 years and with my wife’s support and dedication have assisted in raising 25 children in addition to my own. I have been drug and alcohol free for 31 years which I feel has grounded me to be a better version of myself.

  • Confederation College Graduate: Native Child & Family Worker 1991
  • President’s Medal Recipient

I am an energetic social worker, cultural teacher, group facilitator, college instructor, comedian, promoter, and musician who is a long-term resident of the Ogden East End community in Thunder Bay ON.  As the sole proprietor of With Care Consulting and Ron Kanutski Comedy I work diligently throughout Canada and the USA to wherever I am called which is currently NAN HOPE.

Cecile is from Attawapiskat First Nation and is a very proud Mushkegowuk Cree Kwe.  Cecile attended the St. Anne’s Residential School located in Fort Albany, Ontario. She does not call herself a “survivor” because her belief is that her healing journey has brought her to be more than a survivor. Resilient.  She is a proud mother of 7 children and grandmother of 2 grandsons who are her world. She is a keeper of her traditional Cree language and uses this knowledge to teach others.

Cecile has an extensive history working with Indigenous people and organizations.  Some of her notable experiences include working at the Assembly of First Nations, attending Nipissing University Social Welfare and Social Development, work with Anishinabek Nation including roles as the Child Well Being Coordinator, Family Well-Being Coordinator, and lastly, work at Mushkegowuk Council as the Jordan’s Principle Coordinator.  She currently sits on MMIW National Advisory Council and works full time as a Wellness Navigator and Traditional Counsellor with NAN Hope.

Cecile’s mentor is Social Worker and advocate Dr. Cindy Blackstock.  This is demonstrated by her passion in helping her people, especially children and youth. Currently, she is being certified in Indigenous based Complex Trauma.  She feels a strong connection and desire to help her people and is proud to be working with NAN Hope.

Cecile believes in laughter is the best medicine and her favourite quote is “Keep Smiling”.

Deva is honoured in be a helper with NAN Hope Mental Health and Addiction program. She recently moved back to Treat 7 Territory, in Southern Alberta, the home of her Niitsitapi ( BlackFoot Confederacy) people. For her two children, Namayo and Siibii, to be closer to her family, Ceremony and to know the lands of their Piikani relatives.  

Before this move, she lived in her partner’s home of Moose Factory, Ontario, since 2013, to immerse her children in their Moose Cree culture and tradition to begin their journey as successful James Bay harvesters.

Deva is a proud Hungarian/Blackfoot woman Aakii from Piikani First Nation in Southern Alberta, and her beliefs of wellness are guided through the Blackfoot saying “lyiikakimaat”, which tells us to try hard and encourages inner strength.

Deva holds a Master’s of Education degree in Counselling Psychology (UVIC’11) and is both a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario.

For many years she worked as a Child Wellness Clinician at Ministik Elementary school in Moose Factory, where she viewed her work with families and students as sacred work, in this work she created a counselling space that reflected the culture landscape of her Kin/Clients. Deva sees herself as a ‘creative helper’, as her Indigenous communities have always expressed themselves in Art; she has created many resources, where community can see themselves and their culture represented in.

Deva had the opportunity of being Indigenous Circle Chapter President (’19), which works to ensure Indigenous voices and world views are heard within the Canadian landscape of the counselling profession. In her work with children & youth she draws on play therapy, expressive therapies, and yoga practices as a vehicle through which children can freely explore their feelings all while feeling safe, respected and empowered. Deva has completed Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy certificate (JIBC ’17) and a Yoga Exercise Specialist certification (YES-90) training and started a sharing “Mindfulness Moose Yoga” programming at Ministik Elementary school in Moose Factory, Ontario. 

My name is Marilyn S, (nee Moore), born in Hearst Ontario and belong to the Constance Lake First Nation. I was adopted and raised by my paternal grandparents, Abraham and Maggie Sutherland. My parents were Nancy (nee Betsy/Shakanaqueb) and James Moore. Cree is my first language and I learned as a young child the way of life on the land. 

All my life I learned the concept of “tea and bannock” as a way of using our ways to help and support one another. Many times I watched my grandmother and others in the community often sharing and giving to others in need and those same people were always there when needed, I became one of those “natural helpers”. Its a natural thing to want to help; to give others the space where safety and comfort will be provided. 

I went back to school at a later age and completed studies in social work, earning at last a Masters degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, Ontario where I currently reside. I am a registered social worker with the College of Social Workers and Express Scripts formerly Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB) with Health Canada.  

It has been very difficult in the last two years and the effects of current situations has impacted us all in many different ways. It is something that we can not conquer alone but it can be tolerated and managed with understanding and courage. There are many other social issues and concerns we experience as families and people. We can be able to organize ourselves and bring help to loved ones. 

Previous work I experienced has helped me tremendously and most importantly learn to exercise what I learned in social work was being a mediator with the London Family Court Clinic. I worked between families and child welfare agencies to work in getting their children home. 

All the work I did was with First Nations communities ranging from Fort Severn and Walpole Island, all in various capacities. 

I am a guide, helper, teacher and also an advocate for a better life. Our future is depending on us to help others understand a life we deserve. 

Laini has been working in the helper role with Indigenous people for the last 25 years.  She started with her Child & Youth Worker diploma and is now seeking her Masters of Social Work degree.  She is a Nokomis-Grandmother and her ancestry is Mohawk, Anishnawbe and Lenni Lenape.  Laini has a passion to help her people overcome obstacles and to find a way that supports positive living.  She is a knowledge keeper and shares her traditional teachings and values of the Seven Grandfather Teachings.  She is a conductor of the Sweat Lodge ceremony and Vision quest fasting ceremony.
ᓕᐣᓯ ᑭ ᑲᐡᑭᑕᒪᓱᐤ ᑲ ᑭ ᐃᔑ ᑭᐢᑭᓄᐊᒪᓱᐟ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑭᐢᑭᓄᐧᐊᑕᓯᓇᓱᐤ ᐅᒪ ᑭᒋ ᑭ ᐃᔑ ᐃᓇᐸᑎᓯᐟ᙮ ᐧᐃᑕᑦ ᒪᑲ ᐁᔑ ᑲᐡᑭᑕᐟ ᑭᒋ ᐧᐃᒋᐊᐟ ᐊᐧᐁᓂᑲᓇ ᑲᒪᓂᐸᓂᓂᒋ ᑲᐡᑭᐅᐤ ᐅᒪ ᐃᔑ᙮ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᑕᐧᐯᔦᓂᑕᐠ ᐁᐣᑐᑕᐧᐊᐟ ᐊᐧᐁᓂᑲᓇ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᐧᐃᑕᒪᑯᐟ ᐅᒪᓂᐸᓂᐧᐃᓂᓂᐠ᙮ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐁᐧᐃᒋ ᐱᒧᑌᒪᐟ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᐧᐃᑕᒪᑯᐟ ᐅᒪᓂᐸᓂᐧᐃᓂᓂᐠ᙮ ᐃᐢᐱ ᓕᐣᓯ ᐁᐧᐃᒋᐃᐢᐠ ᑭ ᑭᐢᑫᓂᒪᐤ ᐁ ᑭᒋ ᑭᔐᐧᐊᑎᓯᐟ᙮

Nikki is a registered social worker who grew up in Waterloo Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Development Studies and Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Waterloo. She then completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto and specialized in Gerontology. Working with older adults has always been a passion of hers. Since then, Nikki has worked in the Guelph and Rural Wellington area in field of mental health and addiction. This is another passion of hers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and going on hikes with her dog Banks. Nikki works from an anti-oppressive, strengths based and holistic framework.  Nikki is excited to join the NAN hope team as a dual Wellness Navigator/ Therapist and work alongside people from the NAN communities.  

Born in Northeastern Ontario, Jamie (she/her) is a Mushkego Cree wife, mother, and mental health practitioner, as well as a member of Moose Cree First Nation. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) and Canadian Certified Counsellor (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association). 

Jamie’s therapeutic practice reflects her experiences as a person of mixed ancestry walking within and between the Indigenous and Western worlds. Driven by the person’s needs, she draws from both her traditional teachings gifted from her mother, grandmothers, and aunties as well as the therapeutic modalities of her clinical training to support clients. 

Jamie currently works and lives on the shared traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples in Southern Ontario. She is honoured to be serving the NAN community members and territories.

ᐊᐢᑲᐤ ᒪᓇ ᑭᑎᑌᓂᑌᓇᓇᐤ ᑯᑕᐠ ᐊᐧᐁᓂᑲᐣ ᑭᒋ ᑭ ᐧᐊᐧᐃᒋᐃᑕᐠ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᓇᑭᐡᑲᒪᐠ ᑫᐧᑲᓇ ᐊᐧᐁᓇ ᐁᑲᐡᑭᐅᐟ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑲ ᑭᔐᐧᐊᑎᓯᐟ ᑫ ᐣᑐᑕᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐯᑕᐠ ᒪᓂᐸᓂᐧᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᑐᐧᐊ ᒪᓂᐸᓂᐧᐃᓇ ᑲᓇᑭᐡᑭᑲᑌᑭ ᐧᐃᒉᐧᐃᑐᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᒪᓂᐸᓂᐧᐃᓇ, ᑲᐡᑫᓂᑕᒧᐧᐃᓂᐠ, ᓀᐢᑕ ᐸᐢᑫᐸᓂᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᐧᐃᑭᑐᐧᐃᓂᐠ᙮ ᓀᐢᑕ ᒪᑲ ᑫ ᑭ ᐅᒋ ᐧᐊᐧᐃᒋᐃᑕᐠ ᐁᑲ ᑭᓇᓇᐤ ᑲ ᑲᐡᑭᑕᔭᐠ ᑭᒋ ᓄᒋᑕᒪᓱᔭᐠ᙮

ᑭᔕᐢᐱᐣ ᐧᐃᓇᑲᑕᒪᓀ ᐅᐅ ᑫᐧᑲᓇ ᑲᒪᓂᐸᓂᐃᑯᔭᐣ ᐁᑲ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋ ᒥᑯᐡᑲᒋᐃᑯᔭᐣ ᓂᑲᐣ ᐃᑌᑫ ᑭᒋ ᑭ ᐅᒋ ᒥᐧᓀᓂᒧᓇᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᐧᐃᓂᐠ᙮ᓓᓕᔭᐣ ᒪᑲ ᐅᒪ ᑲᑕ ᐃᔑ ᑲᐡᑭᑕᐤ ᑭᒋ ᑭ ᐃᔑ ᐧᐊᐧᐃᒋᐧᑕᐟ ᐁᑲ ᑫᐧᑲᐣ ᑫᓇᓇᑲᐡᑫᒪᑲᐠ ᑲᐧᐊᐸᑌᐣ ᐱᑐᐡ ᑭᒋ ᐃᑌᓂᒧᔭᐣ᙮

ᑌᐳᐧᕋ ᒪᓯᓇᐃᑲᓱᐤ ᑲ ᐃᓇᐸᑎᓯᐟ ᒥᐢᑕᐃ ᑲᒪᓂᐸᓂᓂᒋ ᐧᐊᐧᐃᒋᐁᐤ᙮ ᐧᐊᑐᓗ ᐃᑕᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᐃᔑ ᑕᔑᑫᐤ ᐧᐊᔦᐡ ᐊᐣᑌ ᐯᔭᐧᑲᔦᐠ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᐃᑕᓂᒋ ᓇᒧᐧᐊᐣ ᐃᑌᑫ᙮  ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐅᑎᑐᓯᓂ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊ ᐧᐃᒋᐊᐸᑎᓯᒣᐤ᙮ ᐊᔕᔾ ᐧᐁᐡᑲᐨ ᑭ ᐅᒋ ᐯᒋ ᐊᐸᑎᓯᐤ ᒥᓄᐱᒪᑎᓯᐧᐃ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐁ ᑭᐧᐃᒋ ᐊᐸᑎᓯᒪᐟ ᑲ ᓄᒋᐃᒥᒋ ᑲᒪᓂᐸᓂᓂᒋ ᒥᓯᐧᐁ ᑫᐧᑲᓇ ᑲ ᐊᓂᒥᐃᑯᓂᒋ ᐅᐯᔭᑯᑌᐧᐃᓯᐧᐃᓂᓂᐠ᙮ ᑌᐳᐧᕋ ᒥᑐᓂ ᐧᑲᔭᐢᐠ ᓄᒋᑕᐤ ᐅᑕᐸᑎᓯᐧᐃᐣ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐁᐧᐃᑲᐧᑫ ᓂᓯᑐᑕᐧᐊᐟ ᐁᑭᐢᑌᓂᒪᐟ ᑲᒪᒥᓄᒪᐟ ᐊᐧᐁᓂᑲᓇ ᑫ ᐅᒋ ᐊᐧᑲᒥᓯᓂᒋ ᓂᐧᐃᒋᐊᐸᑎᓯᒥᑯᓇᐣ ᒪᑲ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ᙮

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ᐸᒥᓚ ᒥᑐᓀᓂᒋᑲᓂ ᒪᓂᐸᓂᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᑭ ᑭᐢᑭᓄᐊᒪᓱᐤ ᐅᒪ ᑭᒋ ᑭ ᐃᔑ ᐃᓇᐸᑎᓯᐟ ᓇᓇᑲᐤ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓇ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᑭᐢᑭᓄᐊᒪᑲᓂᐧᐊᓂᓂᑭ ᐁ ᑭ ᑭᐢᑭᓄᐊᒪᐊᐟ ᑫ ᑐᑕᒥᒋ ᐊᓂᐃ ᑲᒪᓂᐸᓂᓂᒋ ᐅᐱᒪᑎᓯᐧᐃᓂᓂᐠ ᙮ ᒥᓯᐧᐁ ᑭ ᑭᔑᑕᐤ ᐅᐅ ᑲ ᑭ ᑭᐢᑭᓄᐊᒪᓱᐟ ᐅᒪ ᑭᒋ ᑭ ᐃᓇᐸᑎᓯᐟ᙮

Zara has been working to support young people and their caregivers in clinical and advocacy contexts for over 5 years. She is a Registered Social Worker who lives and works in Tkaronto, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Children and Families. Zara is interested in culturally relevant healing and wellness modalities, trauma-informed approaches and working within a framework of Indigenous Cultural Safety. She is honoured to walk alongside young people, individuals, clients and families in their healing journey in a non-judgemental and supportive way. 

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