Amanda L. Kennedy
From the Oneida Nation, Bear Clan
Urban raised First Nations with roots in Oneida Nations, born in Calgary, Alberta,
Growing up in Manor Park, witness of violence, brutality, crime, addictions, racism, lateral violence, bullying in London community.
Manor Park was predominantly Oneida community, and became a safe haven between being an urban indigenous person and marginalized in city of London.
In high school, created a native committee and brought awareness of Indigenous culture to Westminster Secondary School and organized her First Indigenous Social.
Amanda became an advocate with youth at courts, and began to be asked to facilitate camps, conferences and youth groups and worked in the social work field from age of 21-26, holding different support worker positions.
Heading to business and bookkeeper in Toronto and London working with Native organizations, and supported the development of administrative skills.
Teaching in Toronto working with youth and adults, Toronto Council Fire - student support, computer teacher and administrator for the school.
Amanda decided to found Yesalihu’ni “They Will Teach You” as an youth leadership and community development initiative to advocate with youth and families with courts, policing schools, CAS, supporting families with addictions and traumatic events in London (2013)
In 2016 opened Yotuni “Its Growing” as a Indigenous social enterprise to empower the children and youth and support them mentally so they can teach, lead and empower change and currently works with children and youth from the CMO Territories; Chippewa, Munsee-Delware and Oneida Nations.
2019 opened up Amanda L. Kennedy consulting specializing in connecting and building relations with Non-Indigenous and Indigenous, colonized and marginalized People and communities.