With reconciliation and Trauma Informed Practice taking center stage in today’s environments, it may be helpful to have a guide. It is paramount that we find a way to prioritize the experiences and relationships that add value for our communities while simultaneously creating the necessary boundaries to maintain forward momentum.
As a Métis consultant I have the experience of working alongside Indigenous community in a way that is respectful of both historical and contemporary ways of knowing. As a Trauma Informed consultant, I can support you in creating a space that is safe and welcoming for all.
If it is time to assess your current approach or you are ready to connect in a meaningful way to Indigenous community, I would love to support.
First, we start by taking a look at who you are now, and figuring out who you want to be moving forwards – so that you maintain the authenticity of who you are moving forward. Then we find ways to create safety in your spaces and your approach in order to create and connect the communities that are right for you. We support you to enhance your relationships and your boundaries all while using concrete and personalized strategies. Finally, we build your path forward with purpose.”
What I Bring
I work with people in a way that facilitates experiential learning so that the theory resonates and practical adaptation is at the forefront. Staff leave my workshops as leaders with increased self-awareness, a big-picture understanding of the needs of the humans they work with, and new approaches to apply in their spaces.
What I Offer
- School-based professional development, including partial or full-day in-service workshops and presentations
- Indigenizing your space and Practice
- Trauma-Informed Classroom Management
- Supporting Challenging Students
- Blending a Culturally Responsive Approach with Trauma-Informed Teaching
- …and more!
- Conference keynotes
- Boundaries Protect – Modeling Healthy Practices for Teachers
- The Basics of a Culturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed Classroom
- Unconditional Positive Regard: Creating Caring Schools
- Bringing Back Our Grandmothers Teachings
- Community-based workshops
- Understanding Trauma from all Cultures
- Self-care Through a Metis Lens
- Education consulting services, including school- and district-wide initiatives
- Trauma-informed practices implementation
- Shifting from punitive to collaborative approaches in classroom management
- Modeling Leadership – Supporting Administrators in Culturally Responsive and Trauma Informed Leadership
All offerings can be customized to the needs of your school or group. Only have 30 minutes? Want to spend a whole day with lots of hands-on application and practice? Hoping to focus on the needs of your music, PE and art teachers? Have to highlight the connections with competency-based learning? I am flexible and adaptable, and will work with you to create a learning experience that best meets your needs.
Based in the Prairies, I am happy to serve schools and community groups locally and across the country.
Please contact me for rates and scheduling.
Saskatchewan Urban Native Teachers Education Program – Secondary Focus
Graduated with honours 2004
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
Teaching Areas: Native Studies and English
Learning and the Brain Conference in San Francisco (2020)
Trauma Competent Caregiving Training (2018)
Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education (2018)
…and continue to access learning wherever I can.
Trauma Informed Practice Resources
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Indigenous Learning Resources
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The work on this page is my passion, and where I borrow, I give thanks. Borrow what you need, share as often as you can, but let my name travel with my words so that the voice remains authentic.
This season, we have seen our world, our mother, take a long awaited and much needed deep breath of her own. The birds sing louder, the four leggeds roam more freely and the scent of warming cedar has the space to reach our noses.
I am filled with gratitude for all that each of you has sacrificed to bring in this spring and cannot wait to learn a new way to be together that allows the world its continued breath.