My career to date has focused on strategies to address broader colonial structures that have marginalized Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA people, their families, and their communities, both across Canada and globally. My PhD work focuses on the gendered experiences of an Indigenous community in Mexico experiencing land dispossession and forced migration.
Prior to joining the ORCC, I was the Director of Violence Prevention & the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People (MMIWG2S+) policy area at the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC). As part of this work, I sat at the federal tables to advance the rights of Indigenous women and 2S people for the MMIWG2S+ National Action Plan, as well as the Gender-Based Violence National Action Plan. Through this work, I have witnessed and felt deeply humbled by the courage, lived experience, and knowledge shared by the Elders, grandmothers, Knowledge Keepers, survivors, families, and the communities with whom I have worked. For this I am deeply grateful—Chi Miigwetch. In my work moving forward, I will continue to honour the lessons I have learned from these relationships.