Boozhoo Kitaay Bizhikikwe ndizhinikaaz, waabizheshi ndodem. Anishinaabe miinwa Métis ndow, bezho Mide kwe ndow. Amanda Myers is my English name, I am a mother, aunty, and member of the Three Fires Midewiwin Confederacy. Through my academic studies I chose to focus on identity, as someone of blended lineage whose ancestors chose not to register in a community, but live their life as they always had, off the land. I draw inspiration from this blended lineage, it is often difficult to navigate and conflicting, but it is also beautiful. My fathers' Anishinaabe and Métis family lines of Cadotte/Cadeau and Myers/Maillette connecting me to several communities in Ontario, northern Wisconsin, and Michigan and my mothers' lines of Peel and Cook connecting me to English and Welsh ancestry.
I have focused my professional career on visual art, goldsmithing, education and creating curriculum founded in strength based and trauma in formed approaches. Through my ten years at Western University, I brought a lens of healthy relationships and culturally relevant advocacy to my work of student affairs and policy development. Change was needed and life led me and my daughter to the beautiful island of Salt Spring, in British Columbia. I currently hold the role of Executive Director with the Gulf Islands Families Together Society, supporting those with diverse developmental needs and focusing on independence and community inclusion.
My goal in all that I take up is creating healthy relationships and communities. Quoting my dear nephew, Pittoweh anaquat, "Auntie, just do your best, do your best not to paddle in circles!"