I am an Onondaga woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations Territory. I am currently in the Doctor of Social Sciences program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, and am completing a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University. I hold a BA in Anthropology from McMaster University as well as an MA in Intercultural and International Communication from Royal Roads.
My doctoral thesis is an autoethnographic account examining the implementation of a food security initiative, “Our Sustenance,” at Six Nations. In addition to “Our Sustenance,” I have been involved with community initiatives addressing water, addictions, and community health, and wellbeing. I have also pursued a lifelong education in my community’s traditional ways of knowing and doing and, given my extensive training and experience in transcultural communication, I am regularly invited to share my knowledge and experience with Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic audiences across Canada and internationally. I have also published academically on the topic of Indigenous food security. I have taught courses on Traditional Ecological Knowledge as well as Women and Environmental Injustice.