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My Spirit name is Kuwasaniha:wi, it means “in her name they carry” in the On^yota’a:ka (Oneida) language. I am Haudenosaunee and from the Oneida Nation of the Thames, Iroquois, Bear Clan and a Indigenous Woman Social Innovator and Leader. I am a colonized, urbanized, marginalized child and youth of yesterday and the daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter of Residential Schools Victims and Survivors. As a youth I was a Leader, Role Model, Facilitator, Coordinator and Developer of children and youth camps, workshops, conferences, as well as worked in the Social Work field, a Bookkeeper and Teacher. I am an Advocate for Indigenous children and youth, an Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, Strategic Planner, Inspirational Speaker, and Social Entrepreneur. I am the Founder of Yotuni “Its Growing” Social Enterprise www.yotuni.org and Founder of Kuwahs^naha:wi Social Enterprise.

Yotuni “its growing” Enterprise

Founder
January 26, 2016 to Present

Through Grass Roots and professionalism, Yotuni “Its Growing” Enterprises is committed to helping marginalized, colonized, Indigenous children, youth and their families on their healing journey.  With mentoring, guidance, cultural educational teachings, workshops for mental and physical health, as well as healing circles we will help create spiritual, emotional, physical and mental growth, strong minds, and strong hearts and provide the tools and life skills needed to live positive and healthy lifestyles.  Through the workshops and teachings, covered is various topics such as support, self-love, positive self-image, self-esteem, bullying, suicide, addictions, drugs, alcohol, anger, abuse, grief, trauma, other mental health issues, Spirituality, tradition and culture and more. To learn more check out: www.yotuni.org

Community Work - Skills/Experience:

  • Flexible and adaptable, worked with different communities, in different environments with various people from all walks of life, extensive experience working with children, youth, students and adults.

  • Vast knowledge of the Indigenous, colonized and marginalized issues and of family violence and the effects all have on children, youth, adults and communities.

  • Founder of Yotuni Social Enterprise, working with children and youth and their families, doing community assessments, one-on-one assessments as well as developing programs and services based on their current needs and wants; working with the London, ON, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Munsee-Delaware First Nation and Chippewa Nation of the Thames communities, focusing on children and youth at-risk and marginalized.

  • Founder of Yesalihu’ni “They will teach you” Youth Leadership and Community Development Initiative, working with youth, creating a Youth Council, partnering with other organizations and services that work with youth, delivering support, programs and services for Youth who are at risk and marginalized while doing community and one-on-one assessments.

  • Teacher/Student Advisor for George Brown College’s A.C.E program working with youth and adults, doing plans of actions, dealing with mental health issues and upgrading their skills and qualifications for future post-secondary education endeavours. 

  • Student Placement Coordinator at George Brown College in Social Work Department, working with their students and connecting with First Nations organizations and services creating connections and partnerships. 

  • Women’s Support Worker/Children’s Support Worker for women’s shelter for abused women and children.

  • Youth Transition Worker for troubled and at-risk youth who were CAS wards.

Administration, Planning and Organization Skills/Experience:

  • Experienced in strategic planning, developing and facilitating various meetings, camps, workshops, writing business plans, proposals, websites, budgets, reports, documenting information, and developed and coordinated youth groups, boards, committees, and teams.

  • Performed bookkeeping, payroll, processing of payable and receivable, bank reconciliation and collections, invoicing, receptionist, inventory and other related duties on a computerized system

  • Skilled in producing accurate calculations for data used by management for budgeting and forecasting

  • Trained, coached, supervised and evaluated staff members and experience in working with a high volume of clients, agencies and services on a daily basis 

Communication Skills/Experience:

  • Established and improved client communications, maintaining ongoing relationships.

  • Currently advocate for children, youth and their families when dealing with C.A.S, Criminal and Family Court, Police, and Schools.

  • Addressed clients; interpreted and delivered information, proposed suggestions, provided guidance, identified, investigated and negotiated conflicts.

  • Served as a representative and liaison for my own business as well as other organizations, agencies and schools.

  • Skilled at building excellent working relationships with other agencies and organizations’ staff and clientele; effectively communicating one-on-one, small, medium and large groups and teams.

Speaking/Facilitating/Educating Events:

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