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

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.

Misty Bear, Wiijii'idiwag Ikwewag

Misty Bear

Project Coordinator
Linda Dano-Chartrand, Wiijii'idiwag Ikwewag

Linda Dano-Chartrand

Clinical Supervisor
BSW, MSW, RSW
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    Boozhoo, my name is Linda Dano-Chartrand, Keeshic Anang Ikkwe. I work for Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag Organization. I am the Clinical Supervisor for Restoring the Sacred Bond Program. I’m recently retired from Child Welfare after 21 years. I’m also trainer for 7 Sacred Ways of Healing Trauma through Mind Body and Spirit. My philosophy professionally and personally has always been to develop strong healthy relationships. I love to participate in cultural and ceremonial events with my friends, family and co-workers.

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