First and Foremost, I’m an Educator.
I’ve spent nearly a decade creating things: news clips, corporate videos, films, websites, brochures, summer camps, and marketing plans. Recently I’ve been studying education at the University of Manitoba with plans of becoming an Educator after graduation in 2017. 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.
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.
I’m currently focused on completing my final year in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. Simultaneously, I’m completing production on Moccasin Stories, a documentary that demonstrates the perseverance of Aboriginal Culture. 2016 also saw the release of the sports documentary Why We Play.