I chose to attend university because I wanted my son to have a positive role model in his life. I am the sole provider for us both and he is my driving force. On the sleepless nights and days I’ve cried, I’ve looked at my son and realized that I’m doing this for him.

I didn’t have big aspirations in high school and it wasn’t until my third year of university, when I met the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, that this really changed. He suggested that I pursue a master’s degree. I suddenly saw my academic career differently and I applied to do a Master’s of Indigenous Relations program. I knew it was the right path for me. I am currently studying how Ontario’s health care system integrates important Aboriginal cultural practices into its protocols for care.

Postsecondary education has had a huge impact on my life – it is where my healing journey began. It helped me to find my identity, cultural teachings and a connection to my language. It has also given me a great support system that has allowed me to teach my child about the traditional Anishinaabe way of life.

Pursue your passion in life and transform your future – if you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.

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