Suzanne's ideal is to to work as a writer, editor, or consultant 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 our contemporary society.

 

Diversity of (selected) Professional Experience includes:

 

  • Community Liaison, Program Development & Consultant for the Canadian Opera Company's production of Louis Riel  and the Four Nations Exchange participants (2017).

  • Indigenous Content Consultant for Pearson (Publishing) Canada's Social Science student resource development (2016-present).

  • 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's Aboriginal 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, includingThe Edward Curtis Project, by Marie Clements, 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 Metis adults-in-transition for the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

  • Developer/Facilitator ofThe Exchange Experience, a KEEPTWO CREATIVE DESIGN©, that provides an artistic indigenous 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 Nation History.

       

 

 

 

 

 

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