Anna is a proud member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation with roots in the Scots Metis community in Saskatchewan. She grew up in Calgary, where she began her work as a university ambassador, traveling to various First Nations communities to speak to youth about her experiences. Anna came to Vancouver to pursue a degree in First Nations and Indigenous Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2011. Upon graduating, her work has largely centered around working with Indigenous youth at Urban Native Youth Association, the YWCA, and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services. Anna’s experiences include youth and family support work and engagement, program evaluation, qualitative research, and creative facilitation. She enjoys trying new restaurants in Vancouver and getting her hands dirty at the UBC Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden.
What excites you most about the future with CMG?
Thus far, I have really enjoyed meeting the staff and hearing about the various practice areas. CMG is involved in so many exciting projects and I’m looking forward to learning and collaborating in as many areas as possible.
Describe an initiative or project you’re proud of:
Over the last four summers, I’ve worked with the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW) Program, which brings Indigenous youth in foster care to the UBC Farm. Together, we engage with Elders, smoke salmon, grow medicines and vegetables, learn traditional songs and work with an Indigenous Medicine Collective to make salves and teas. I often think I have more fun than the youth! I think this initiative is very important because it allows youth to feel proud of who they are and where they come from.