Suzanne's ideal is to continue to work as a writer, editor, consultant, or facilitator within her area of expertise specific to Indigenous cultural content. As a Métis individual, Suzanne's gift is to bridge gaps of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. She brings cultural perspectives to all of her work and can "indigenize" any mainstream programming model. She is inspired by the traditional teachings of the Anishinaabeg and perceives the world from that perspective. Suzanne believes in the Teachings of Old and knows how to apply them within contemporary society.

 

Diversity of (selected) Professional Experience includes:

 

  • Author of We All Go Back To The Land: The Who, Why, and How of Land Acknowledgments (2021). Brush Education Inc.

  • Indigenous Content Consultant and Editor for Pearson (Publishing) Canada (2016-present).

 

  • Developmental Editor for Kegedonce Press' Keeshig & the Ojibwe Pterodactyls as told by Keeshig Spade to Celeste Pedri-Spade (Children's literature). 
  • Community Liaison, Program Development & Consultant for the Canadian Opera Company's production of Louis Riel and the Four Nations Exchange participants (2017).

  • Acquisition and Developmental Editor  for Goodminds' Indigenous Education Press and co-author of Reading Red:The Importance of Reading For Pleasure.

  • Aboriginal Liaison & Cultural Advisor for the National Arts Centre and the Four Nations Exchange participation in the Indigenous interpretation of Shakespeare's King Lear, under the direction of Peter Hinton (2012).

  • Writer for Pearson (Publishing) Canada, on a vast array of First Nation themes including the Appropriation of Cultural Images; Banishment versus Charter Rights; the Manitoba Justice Inquiry; the Role of Clan Mothers; Self-Government Struggles; Defining Aboriginal Identity; Concepts of Time; Land Use; Economic Partnerships; and Transmissions of Worldview. 

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  • Instructor of culture-based theatre arts to Aboriginal youth at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s Urban Aboriginal Alternative High School (Ottawa District School Board). 

  • Reporter for the Anishinabek News, including a 2 page spread (six articles) covering the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association’s 27th annual conference: Indian Control of Indian Education: A Legacy for Change (2011).

  • Researcher/Writer for a number of Study Guides, including Tomson Highway's The Rez Sisters for the Stratford Festival, and Marie Clements' The Edward Curtis Project for the National Arts Centre in conjunction with the Great Canadian Theatre Company to further conceptualize an outreach program for at-risk Aboriginal Youth.

  • Event Planner/Program Developer for the Canadian Museum of History (Civilization) and the Canadian War Museum (1812: One War, Four Perspectives).

  • Developer/Facilitator of The Stories are My Teachers Street Theatre Co., a drama program for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis adults-in-transition for the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

  • Developer/Facilitator of The Exchange Experience, a KEEPTWO CREATIVE DESIGN©, that provides an artistic and cultural approach to learning. Theatre techniques, combined with traditional teachings, are used with non-performers for purposes of awareness building. The Exchange Experience is a unique teaching model - able to fit any theme or organizations’ needs. Current workshop offer: Validating 500 Years of First Nations History.

  • Developer/Facilitator of the information session Indigenous Realities, a KEEPTWO CREATIVE DESIGN© for Exploring Identities, Stereotypes, Cultural Differences, and Internal Struggles.