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Ela Smith

Title(s): 
MSW, RSW, ECE
Status: 
Sessional Lecturer
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Biography: 

Aanii, My name is Gee waniway eekwe (Whirling wind woman).  I am bear clan displaced through colonization from Brunswick House First Nation.  I am a graduate of Humber College Early Childhood Education Diploma program, Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Waterloo and the Master of Social Work, Indigenous Field of Study at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Much of my career has focused on working within mental health and advocacy. I have worked as Executive Director at White Owl Native Ancestry, Program Director at Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers, as well as Indigenous Curriculum Development Specialist at Mohawk College.  I work from a wholistic trauma-informed pedagogical perspective that works to empower people to critically reflect on how their practice impacts the world.