Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the newly appointed Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay. She held the Nexen Chair in Aboriginal Leadership at the Banff Centre. She serves as a Status Only Asst. Professor at the FIFSW at the University of Toronto, an Adjunct Asst. Professor at Carlton, an Advisory Member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, a member of the Lake Simcoe Science Advisory Committee, a Lady of the Lake, and an active and engaging media representative.
She is interested in environmental and humanitarian causes and is actively engaged in a variety of initiatives across Canada. Her research and academic writing is directed towards understanding Historic and Intergenerational Trauma primarily within the Aboriginal community.
Cynthia is a member and resident of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Lake Simcoe, and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between people. Cynthia sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and community-based research.
She is deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement, and co-founded and helps run a youth project out of the University of Toronto. More information on the Canadian Roots Exchange can be found at: www.canadianroots.ca/www.shieldedminds.ca