I practice what I teach – creativity.
I’ve spent nearly a decade creating things: news clips, corporate videos, films, websites, brochures, summer camps, and marketing plans. I have a degree in English with a minor in Theatre/Drama, along with experience producing award winning short films and documentaries for broadcast.
During my previous professional career, I found that my most enjoyable moments came interacting and working with others in a “teacherly” role, whether that came as a manager, mentor, media consultant, or coach. This lead to my pursuit of a degree in education.
Aboriginal topics and issues have been at the forefront of my professional career. As a non-status Indian, I’ve been highly involved in both political and educational projects within Treaties 1, 2, and 3. I produced and directed A Good Indian, a short narrative that has been included in the Manitoba Curriculum guide Finding Focus: Framing Canadian Métis and First Nations on Film. I’ve also mentored Aboriginal Youth in the art of filmmaking, along with designing and teaching a Digital Storytelling Camp for Aboriginal students in grade 5 and 6. Given my experience, I’ve been invited to present on integrating Indigenous Perspectives into the classroom at various schools.
Film. I’ve made a living producing hundreds of videos. I started out as a young entrepreneur in Northwest Ontario working in journalism and the corporate environment to a producer in Winnipeg, Manitoba creating documentaries.
I’m also a football coach, with stints in with Fort Frances High School, Maples Collegiate, and St. John’s High School. The promotion of athletics and sport is something I’m continually engaged in. I not only encourage it as an option in high school, but I try to exemplify and promote the value of continuing sports as an adult.
We recently released the film Moccasin Stories which touches on the cultural significance of moccasins.