Faculty: Cherylanne James
Aanii and Boozhoo!
I am new to the Child and Youth Care program (fall 2017) and Iâ€™m looking forward to working with you along your path! A little about myselfâ€¦I am Aniahinaabekwe from Chippewas of Rama First Nation but grew up in a small town an hour west of Peterborough. I am a mom to a 15 year old son and some fur babies. I am a photographer, painter and story writer. Along with instructing at Fleming College, I am the Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children Worker at Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle here in Peterborough and sit on various committees.
I am currently applying to be a member with the OACYC and applying to be a register Social Worker. I have diplomas in both Social Services and Child and Youth Care from Durham College. I have a BA in Indigenous Studies from Trent University and a Masters of Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. The focus of my work and life has been working with Indigenous youth who are experiencing the child welfare system through development of self-advocacy, therapeutic art, storytelling, and development of identity; thereby increasing and encouraging mino bimaadiziwin, which means to live the good life.
Throughout my work and schooling I have kept the philosophy of Child and Youth Care central and I credit the program as being a big contributor to me being on my path. One of the teachings I have received throughout my learning is that we are all learners and teachers, while I am an instructor I will also learn a great deal from all of you. I look forward to bringing my knowledge to you and seeing where your path takes you.