Leadership

Boozhoo. The leadership of Wiijii'idiwag Ikwewag welcomes you to learn about the important work we are doing to support women and families in our Manitoba First Nations communities.

Jolene Mercer, Executive Director

Jolene Mercer

Executive Director

Executive Director

Jolene Mercer is an Anishinaabe Ikwe from Peguis First Nation, a mother of four and a Kookum to a beautiful granddaughter.

As the Executive Director of Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag, Jolene is responsible for the success of the organizations programming.

Jolene attended the University of Manitoba, Red River College and the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at the COADY International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University.

Jolene is a Certified First Nations Health Manager and has extensive experience working with First Nations communities and organizations in areas of finance, health, youth and strategic planning.

Jolene is a co-founder of Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag (formerly the Manitoba Indigenous Doula Initiative) and is passionate about the revitalization of Anishinaabe values and ways of being. She brings the teachings of her Elders and Grandmothers into her work to support the empowerment of communities and people.

  • Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag is committed to personal healing and wellness to foster nurturing and empowering relationships that will create a strong foundation to support communities and families.
    - Jolene Mercer, Executive Director

Angie Cote, Wiijii'idiwag Ikwewag

Angie Cote

Indigenous Birth Helper Coordinator
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    Angie Cote - Leading Standing Eagle Woman. Angie is originally from Fisher River Cree Nation, and is currently residing in Winnipeg, MB. Angie is employed with Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag as the Doula Coordinator. Angie also works with her husband as independent consultants in the areas of cultural knowledge, workshops, healing gatherings, and specialised individual services. She is a certified professional trainer, has a diploma and degree in postsecondary education in the areas of Rural & Aboriginal Community Development, and is a helper in 7 sacred ways of healing trauma. Angie practices the traditional teachings and these teachings are a way of life for her. She has embraced immense responsibility as a sweat lodge keeper, full-moon ceremony teacher, Sundance Lodge Woman, Healing Ceremonies, 7 Sacred Ways of Healing Trauma helper, and cultural advisor.

Lana Major, Wiijii'idiwag Ikwewag

Lana Major

Administrative
Assistant
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    Boozhoo my name is Spirit in The Sky I am Ojibway from Niisaachewan Anishishinabe Nation. I am very excited to be a part of this unique and new endeavor.

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