Indigenous Team Leader (Middle/Senior Years)
Hello! My name is April Waters and I'm a member of the Indigenous Education Team in St. James - Assiniboa School Division. My Spirit name is Black Thunderbird Woman. I'm blessed to come from a huge, very loud and proud Métis family. I unfortunately couldn't jig if my life depended on it, but I am a pretty solid leg wrestler! I was raised on a farm in the Interlake, which provided me with a pretty interesting childhood. I'm a mother to two young boys, who keep me busy! We spend a lot of time outdoors, hunting and fishing. I also love to read and do yoga!
I taught for almost a decade in early years schools in St. James, where I infused Indigenous perspectives into every aspect of my classroom. I moved into the role of Indigenous Education Teacher in the fall of 2014. I also recently graduated with my Post Bacc in Indigenous Education. I'm excited that our field is constantly growing and changing, and every day brings a new challenge!
Indigenous Team Leader (Early Years)
Aaniin! My name is Richelle Scott. I am new to the St. James-Assiniboia School Division. I am part of the Indigenous Education team located at Jameswood School. My Spirit name is North Star (Giiwedinong Anung) and I am of Anishinaabe and Metis decent. I am a grandmother of a fabulous grandson, named Darius- but I call him Noozhis (it means grandchild). I am a mother of three beautiful daughters: Amanda, Tehya and Riel, and an owner of a beautiful animosh (dog) named, Keepadis (in my language it means "Naughty"). My ancestors are from St. Peter's Reserve, known as Selkirk and I currently live in Winnipeg.
I have been teaching for 21 years in early years education and have been an Early Learning Support teacher and spiritual/cultural teacher for some time. I am very artistic and creative. I am a traditional drummer and singer which makes me popular with kids!
I am the conference chair and a member of CAEM (Council for Aboriginal Education of Manitoba),
I am a member at large of ACE (Aboriginal Circle of Educators), and I am on the Women's Exec. at the TBH (Thunderbird House).
I lead a traditional life and attend ceremonies both in Manitoba and Ontario. I am a Mide woman, pipe and water carrier and Sundancer. My traditional beliefs guide me on my daily journey when working with Elders, children, parents and colleagues.
I have one completed Post Bacc. in Special Needs Education and I recently finished my second Post Bacc in Indigenous Education. I am now a student in the Landbased Indigenous Masters Program at the University of Saskatchewan for the 2016 school year.
Greetings! My name is Pamela Peristy; my Spirit name is White Eagle Woman. I am Metis, born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. I have been an Educational Assistant for six years, all of which have been spent at Golden Gate. Indigenous Liaison is a new position for me, and I am loving bringing any Indigenous perspectives I can to the students in my circles.
My loves are art, camping, books, travelling, Dave Matthews Band, and all things Indigenous.
Indigenous Student Success Coach
My name is Cherie Stroppa and I am the newest member of the St James - Assiniboia Indigenous Education Team. I have worked in St. James - Assiniboia as a teacher in both middle and high school for the past 16 years. I am very excited about my new position as Indigenous Student Success Coach, where I will have the opportunity to work with and support our high school students across our division.
I am a descendant of the Bruce Family, prominent Metis farmers who originally settled on the land here in St. James in the 1850’s. Peter Bruce left his land to the city of St. James for it to always be used as green space. That green space is the land where Bruce Park sits today. One personal goal of mine is to connect with my Indigenous roots, and to attempt to be as good at making bannock as Pamela is!
I have two children who have grown up in St. James. My favourite moments are spending family time with the two of them. I love to travel and learn new things. I often use my free time to spend time outdoors and explore our great world.
JUDY GOODMAN, KAREN SWEENEY, ASHLEY MCLACHLAN (l-r)
Indigenous Literacy & Numeracy Educational Assistants