Conference Opening Ceremony: formal acknowledgments and recognition of Dish with One Spoon Territory

Panels and Plenary
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Waabaakakakzhe zhaashkeezhgokwe /White Raven Woman with Turquoise eyes

Amy Desjarlais

Wasauksing First Nation
Ojibway/Potowottomi Anishinawbe Nation

Amy currently works at Ryerson University as the FNTI Coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Work program, offered in partnership with First Nations Technical Institute. She is the traditional knowledge keeper at York University, sits on the Aboriginal Legal Services Elders Council and volunteers her time at the Toronto Birth Centre Board of Directors as knowledge keeper.

In 2003, Amy founded, EarthTALKER, a magazine focused on women and families. In 2008, Amy is the recipient of the FNTI/Ryerson University Practicum Award for Theory of Interconnectedness – An Indigenous perspective on political decision-making.  Amy has an MA in Culture & History; her thesis, Emptying the Cup: Healing Fragmented Identity, explores an Anishinawbekwe (female) perspective on historical trauma and culturally appropriate consultation and is published by the Centre for World Indigenous Studies’ Fourth World Journal. Amy recently published her first non-fiction full-length book, Starblanket – A mother’s gift to her son. When she is not writing, Amy facilitates cultural workshops and drum circles. Amy is also a hand drummer and singer.

Organizer: Howard Ramos, Dalhousie University