I was born, raised, and live on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba, Canada. This region is the ancestral and current homelands of the Cree, Dene, Ojibwe, Anishinaabe, Dakota, Oji-Cree, and the homeland of the Metis Nation. I am a citizen of the Manitoba Metis Nation, and my ancestors include the Halletts and Fidlers on my mother's side; I also acknowledge my father's German parents who immigrated to Winnipeg after the second world war in pursuit of a better life.
My research takes place on Inuinnait Nuna/Inuit Nunangat, or Inuit Homelands, in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. My acknowledgement of whose lands I live, work, and play on is a declaration of my and our collective responsibility to these places and its peoples' histories, rights, and presence. Professionally, I am passionate about research that is servicing the needs of communities whose lands the work takes place on. I am on a path that follows Indigenous-driven research questions and invitations to support these questions using my training in Western science. I am interested in applying concepts of SciQ to my work, which is a term created during the Ikaarvik Youth Summit in 2020, encompassing the braiding of Western scientific ways of knowing with Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ). Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is more than just a way of knowing; it is a way of life.
I see storytelling as a significant asset to bridging the divide between scientific research and the public at large. I use writing, photography, and beadwork to communicate research over many different platforms and avenues.