Amanda Dale, L'nu (Mi'kmaq) has ancestral ties to Listiguj First Nation Qc, and the Acadien Brois Brules (mixed bloods) in Nova Scotia. Amanda grew up in Hamilton Ontario and since childhood has learned her cultural traditions and practices. She's served as a women's representative for the Metis Nation of Ontario Clear Water Council and is the co-founder of Bear Waters Gathering. Amanda has spent many years on the front lines advocating for MMIWG2S, family, cultural and environmental protections. As an intergenerational survivor of residential school she has a passion for the preservation of Indigenous languages and cultures. Amanda is currently working along side Kanien'keha'ka elders and community members to establish a family and children's Kanien'keha'ka (Mohawk Language) camp called Owennakaion (The original words). Amanda continues to serve community in her work as a women's advocate and counselor. She has graduated with honours from Mohawk college and is currently completing her Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work through Tyendinaga's First Nations Technical Institute and Ryerson University.
Elder Strength Dale is Kanien:keha'ka (Mohawk) from Six Nations of the Grand River and the co-founder of Bear Waters Gathering. For the past 35 years Elder Strength has had the opportunity to learn from an extremely diverse community of elders like the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabek, Cree, Lakota and Metis across both Canada and the United States. He has attended ceremonial gatherings and apprenticed under respected elders since his childhood. Elder Strength has been serving community in multiple Indigenous ceremonies such as sweat lodge, pipe and sundance for over a decade. He has a formal education in the field of Social Services, graduated from the Bachelor of Ed in Aboriginal Adult Education at Brock University, completed the Men's Indigenous Social Work Program from Muncey Healing Lodge and Addictions Counselling Certification through Polytechnic Institute Six Nations. He currently works with Bear Waters Gathering located in Huntsville Ontario as their resident elder delivering spiritual supports and cultural competency training across Canada.
Rosanne Irving, of Scw'exmx (People of the Creeks, Nicola Valley), Nlaka’pamux Nation (Lower Nicola Band), was born in Kamloops B.C. and moved to Ontario as a teen to reconnect with her mother.
She has been employed with Simcoe County District School Board as an Educational Assistant for 30 years; 25 years working with medically fragile children, 4 years with behaviors and is presently an Indigenous Student Advisor.
Have taken UBC online Truth and Reconciliation course; Restorative Practices Facilitator Training; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Understanding Misbehavior.
As an employee of the SCDSB I have had the honor of facilitating many presentations sharing the teachings and bringing awareness; Kairos Blanket Exercise, First Nation, Metis & Inuit Cultural Awareness, smudging prior to scheduled meetings, Restorative Circles, the 7 Grandfather Teachings. Presentations with Georgian College Students and 80 female Japanese students.
Flew into Pikangikum with the OPP to share Pow Wow teachings and make regalia. Was invited to return through Project Journey to share the sweat lodge teachings...from constructing to participating.
An Indigenous voice bringing an awareness to the Champlain Monument.
Invited to a TRC roundtable meeting with Gwen Boniface.
Conduct Sweat Lodge ceremonies on my property.
Practitioner with HEART retreat (healing work with the horses)
Practitioner at Liz Mitten Ryan’s Equinisity Retreat in BC
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