Board of Directors
We are grateful for the governance of our Board of Directors as they guide us and our work, grounding us in our sacred teachings and reinforcing our commitment to the health of our communities.
Message from the Board Chair
(Message from Kathleen Bluesky coming soon!)
Meegwetch, thank you!
We are honoured to have been chosen to deliver the programming for the Restoring The Sacred Bond Initiative. Because we believe that the health of our communities starts with our women as they move through the birth cycle, we believe this Initiative will have a positive effect on the wellness of First Nations communities for generations to follow.
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Rachel is Ktunaxa with English/German descent from Akis'qnuk First Nation, but grew up removed from her ancestral homelands and has lived most of her life in Manitoba on Treaty 4 and Treaty 1 territories.
Rachel holds a BA in psychology and Masters in Development Practice in Indigenous Development.
Most of her work experience is with Indigenous non-profits in Winnipeg and she has also worked in health policy at the First Nations Health Authority in Vancouver.
Rachel has completed various research internships — with Nanaandawewigamig (the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba), the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Manitoba branch), and the Population Council (Kenya branch).
Rachel’s interest in midwifery stems from her interest and passion for reproductive justice and experience volunteering at sexual and reproductive health clinics.
On a personal note, Rachel is part of big beautiful blended family and enjoys movies, reading, drinking tea, and tending to her cats.
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Born and raised in the Ojibway community of Onigaming, Grandmother, Sherry Copenace is known for her devotion to Anishinaabe ways/traditions and experience in Indigenous social services. She speaks her original Language-Ojibway and has great love for the Land, Waters and Peoples. Niizhosake holds a Masters in Social Work and is employed at the University of Manitoba. Since 2011, she has hosted and led Makoosekawin- Anishinaabe young women coming of age teachings and ceremonies. She is part of a Grandmothers/Knowledge Keepers Circle at Nanadawegamig. Sherry helps at Anishinaabe Teaching and Sacred Lodges. She is a board member at Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag and Animikii Ozozon Family Services and has over 25 years of experience working in Indigenous social services. Copenace is a voice for her Anishinaabe community.
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Anishinaabe Ikwe registered with Keeseekoowenin First Nation. I have ties to three communities in Manitoba (Keeseekoowenin, Sagkeeng and Peguis First Nation) and live in Winnipeg with my husband and our three children. I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend. I currently work as a social worker in the health field in the north end of Winnipeg.