BIOGRAPHY

Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Department of Education Foundations & Academic Director of the Aboriginal Research Centre (U of S).

Her scholarship has greatly contributed to building and sharing knowledge abouttwo spirit identity, ‘coming-in’theory,history and teachings,Indigenous research methodologies, and the prevention of violence in the lives of Indigenous peoples.

She is one of many organizerswith the Idle No More movement, integrating radical education movement work with grassroots interventions that prevent the destruction of land and water. She is particularly focusedon educating about and protecting the Saskatchewan River Delta and supporting community based food sovereignty efforts.

Having, Dr. Wco-developed a Masters program in Land- Based Education at the University of Saskatchewanilsonis nowin the process of creating an international Indigenous Land –based PhD program.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiwLewis is a nêhiyaw(Plains Cree) instructor, researcher and writer.
Dr. Lewis has worked with higher learning institutions within the Prairie Provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta in the areas of Cree Language Development and Instructional methodologies.
His research interests include language and policy development, second language teaching methodologies,teacher education programming, and environmental education.
For the past 11 years, Dr. Lewis has been working with community schools in promoting land and language-based education and is founderof kâniyâsihkCulture Camps (www.kaniyasihkculturecamps.com/), a non-profit land-based educational program focused on holistic community well-being.
Dr. Lewis is from MinistikwanLake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory.

Brian Scribe

Brian Scribe is an Assiniboine (Nakoda) and Swampy Cree (Ininew) from both Treaty 4 and 5 Territories.  He is originally from the Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation (Norway House) and has kinship ties to the Cagakin (Carry the Kettle) and Standing Buffalo people.  Presently, Brian and his wife make their home on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation.  

Brian received an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Brandon University and a Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Archeology from the University of Saskatchewan.   He has undertaken many projects in archeology, traditional knowledge, traditional land use and elder testimony research in many aspects of First Nation culture and heritage.  Brian has also work in areas of the natural environment, lands and resources and recently worked as a Lands and Laws Director for a neighbouring First Nation.  

In his younger years Brian’s father thought him how to hunt, trap and fish and live off the land.  He has become accustom to the life ways of the Plains and Northern Boreal Forest.  Brian enjoys the wilderness, native vegetation and wildlife.  The environment has always been one of his areas of concern and has experienced working along site biologists in his archeological career.    

In the past, Brian has gained experience as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, a Director of programs, a Sports, Recreation and Youth worker, Cultural Coordinator and even a Taxi Driver.  Brian enjoys working with people at almost every capacity.

BIOGRAPHY

Lamarris a nehiyaworiginally from Sweetgrass First Nation. After graduatingfrom University of Saskatchewan, he has been in the field of education since. He has been presenting on traditional games since 2007 after being certifiedby the International Traditional Games Society, based out of East Glacier Montana on the Blackfoot Reservation.
Lamar has presentedall over Saskatchewan,Southern Alberta,Manitoba,Yellowknife,London Ontario,Sault Ste. Marie, as well as in Brazilfor the World Indigenous Games in 2015 and the second World Indigenous Games in Enoch in 2017. He has also presented in New Zealand in 2018.
He presents on traditional games because he believesthat this is one of many ways for cultural survival.
Lamarrknows of about 100 games and says there are hundred of more games out there on Turtle Island.

Barb Frazer

Barb Frazer is an Indigenous Knowledge Systems researcher, cultural educator, botanist and writer. In her role and responsibility as an Elder’s helper, Barb lived and worked within Indigenous Knowledge (Kiskēýihtamowin) teachings and learned Traditional Medicines (Maskihkiya) ways. Barb holds a M.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan, a BA (Adv.) from the University of Manitoba, and Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Education from Continuing Education – University of Manitoba; and Certificate of Native Indian Creative Writing – En’owkin International School of Writing and Visual Arts, University of Victoria.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) first project in Saskatchewan occurred in 1982 — a section of native grassland in the Qu’Appelle Coulee. NCC now conserves more than 150,000 acres (60,703 hectares) of the province’s most ecologically significant land and water.
The NCC has been a partner to T4EA for the past 6 years.  Together, they have brought projects to schools such as Learning the Land, Species at Risk teacher guide and mural project, the Moose Project, Careers in Conservation, Restoring Native Prairie lands and other various land- based field days.
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