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Debby Wilson Danard

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Dr. Debby Wilson Danard (PhD, MEd, BEd) is Anishinaabekwe traditional knowledge practitioner, multi-disciplinary artist, lecturer, writer, water protector, life promotion ambassador and sturgeon clan member from Rainy River First Nation.  Growing up, she was raised with her grandmother’s love and commitment to sharing traditional Anishinaabek teachings and way of life.

Recently awarded a 2019 Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, she is writing her first book, that engages both graphic and creative narrative to re-interpret her original doctoral research, “Medicine Wheel Surviving Suicide-Strengthening Life Bundle” (2016).  As reciprocity, this revision will challenge dominant colonial interpretations of Indigenous history, identity, culture (languages and land), traditional knowledge and ceremony as archival artifacts.

As a Suicide Prevention Coach at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, she co-founded the Feather Carriers: Leadership for Life Promotion (2015) an aspiring national wise practice for youth mental health and wellness.  She also held a postdoctoral fellowship at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (2017), and is owner of Union Star Consulting Life Teachings Lodge. As a leader for change, Debby strengthens life from the heart of Indigenous identity, sovereignty and autonomy as an evolving, creative, and living continuum of knowing and being.