Aaniin, Ashley n'dizhnikaaz, Mikinaak dodem niinda'aw, Bawating n'doonjibaa, Nogojiwanong Megwaadoda.
Hi, my name is Ashley. I belong to Turtle Clan. I am from "The place of the rapids" (now known as Sault Ste Marie ON.) and I live in "The place at the end of the rapids" (now known as Peterborough ON) with roots in Brunswick House First Nation.
I am an Anishinaabe woman with a passion for learning my Indigenous language and culture and sharing it with others. I am an Early Childhood Educator and a Recreation and Leisure Services professional who has worked with children in licensed childcare settings for over 15 years. Being an Indigenous mother of 4 who is always looking for ways to connect my children to their culture has brought me on this path of culturebased education.
I home-schooled my 3 children throughout the pandemic and successfully brought Ojibwe language and cultural practices into our daily routine while supporting their educational goals.
I have taken many courses specific to child development, child guidance, and children's health. I have strengthened my communication skills, updated my computer skills and I have successfully completed business courses throughout my 4 years of post-secondary education. I have also completed Cross Cultural Training and Indigenous knowledge courses.
I have an up-to-date (Covid-19 specific) Standard First Aid and CPR Training Certificate and a current Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check and am currently fully Vaccinated.