Indigenous Women in Community Leadership

Class of 2015

Paulie Chinna
Kasho Gotine - Fort Good Hope
North Slavey Dene

The IWCL program is the only program intended for Aboriginal women to learn leadership and community development skills. I want to learn how Aboriginal women lead in this country and to build upon a good work ethic. I will utilize everything, especially the funding opportunities that IWCL has to offer towards community development.

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Darlene Cox
Indigeneity Resources, Black Diamond, Alberta
Métis

The opportunity offered by Coady will strengthen my leadership role in the Indigenous communities I am involved in, as well as build lasting collaborative relationships with strong, like-minded Indigenous women, mentors and the Coady team. It’s a Game Changer!

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Andrea Curley
Event Planner, Six Nations
Haudenosaunee of the Grand River Territory

We have agreed to come here for our Earth Walk. We all have purpose and we all have the capabilities to seek and walk it. Knowing and trusting our clear-thinking self is by far the most fulfilling and promising path in life. We are all descendants of love and compassion!

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Lynda Fox Trudeau
Wikwemkoong Rental Property Management, Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
Anishinaabe - Odawa

I am here to network, gain insight to various processes, gain an understanding of Indigenous community advancements throughout Canada, and share my knowledge. The development of Indigenous communities aids in the rise of Indigenous people and Indigenous economies.

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Jade Harper
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Cree and Anishnabe

There is a long history of colonization and oppression in Canada for Indigenous peoples. It is through the resiliency of our ancestors that I am here today practicing my traditional ceremonies and exploring my leadership. I came to the Coady Institute in the spirit of reciprocity.

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Kirsten Henderson
Métis Nation of Ontario, Simcoe County District School Board, Victoria Harbour, Ontario
Métis

I look forward to growing alongside other strong Indigenous women! I have the desire to gain knowledge from my Métis mentor and I want to expand my leadership skills so I can effectively engage my community and educate others. I am honoured to be a part of the movement!

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Cheyenne Henry
University of Winnipeg-Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Anishinaabe

I place high value on mentorship and feel this program can create opportunities for potential future collaborations while providing valuable support, encouragement and ideas for change - providing participants with important tools we can bring back to our communities.

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Alanna Jones
Garden River First Nation Community Trust, Garden River, Ontario
Ojibway, from Garden River, Ontario

I would like to learn from the other delegates: their successes and challenges and incorporate new ideas into my role as trust manager so that Garden River beneficiaries recognize efforts made for the Community Trust to be the long-term asset it was originally intended to be.

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MiKenzie Jordan
Vancouver BC Helping Spirit Lodge Society
Cree, Montana First Nation, Maskwacis AB

I came to Coady to be part of a circle of strong, independent, Indigenous women from across Canada; to be inspired by ideas, successes and opportunities that are going to change and build up our communities.

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Kiera-Dawn Kolson
Gwich’in Nation, T’so T’sine Nation
Denendeh (Yellowknife, NWT)

“With hard work, dedication, the right attitude and the right opportunity dreams do come true. Dream big, believe.” I came to Coady to listen, learn, share and grow alongside strong like-minded Indigenous sisters and to continue to develop my skills and further enhance my nation.

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Adeline Large
Maminaweyitatowin Action Group, Saddle Lake, AB
Plains Cree

The amount of wisdom and knowledge shared between all the Indigenous women in the IWCL Program is something I am proud to carry home to my people. I will be forever grateful for this humbling experience. Ai hai Nehiyaw Iskwewak, IWCL ekwa Coady.

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Holliston Logan
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Métis

Through learning about leadership and community development within an Aboriginal framework, I hope the knowledge shared at the Coady International Institute will help me to further identify and develop my role within my community.

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Veronica Marlowe
Student, Calgary, Alberta
Lutsel-ke Dene

I came to Coady in hopes of learning from other strong beautiful Indigenous women who also share the same passion to make a difference in our communities. I would like to build community and also be able to use my new-found knowledge in my everyday life and lead by example.

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Jolene Mercer
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Winnipeg, Manitoba
First Nation

As Indigenous women it is important for us to reclaim our leadership roles within our families and communities as teachers to our children and protectors of the water. I hope to leave with a network of strong, like-minded Indigenous women.

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Lareina Rising
Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Sarnia, Ontario
Ojibway

From the moment I found out about the IWCL program I knew I wanted to attend. I am grateful for this opportunity here at Coady to further develop my leadership skills and to develop a network with other Aboriginal women who want to make a difference in their communities!

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Lori Sokoluk
Edmonton, AB
Métis

I hope to gain an understanding of community development approaches which are respectful of Indigenous communities, that promote meaningful engagement, participatory action and collaboration. I also hope to expand my network and learn from other community perspectives.

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Isca Spillett
Ka Ni Kanichihk (those who lead), Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nehiyaw (Cree)

I am hoping to work with traditional knowledge keepers in my community to bring forward teachings around rites of passage ceremonies, traditional healing methods and traditional medicines/foods so that Indigenous youth in my community can reclaim their sense of identity.

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Pearl Tacan
Prince Albert, SK
Dakota

I came to Coady to experience teachings in a unique and ever developing curriculum. Learning from each other’s life experiences as well as developing and shaping my own leadership style will enable me to provide leadership when I return to my community.

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Deidre Thompson
Region 6 of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Northbrook, Ontario
Métis

I came to Coady because I knew it would help strengthen my leadership skills. I’ve been a leader for years but I lack key skills such as confidence. Coady is known for bringing women to their full potential and I knew they would be able to help me overcome this obstacle.

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Caitlyn Tolley
University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law, Kitigan-Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec
Algonquin Anishinabe

I came to the Coady Institute to enhance my learning so I can return home and effectively lead my nation. I hope to learn new strategies and develop my professional skill set. I also hope to be challenged to rise to a higher level of leadership.

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