Akeesha Footman, Education Outreach Coordinator, Indigenize Our Minds, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Miigwanehsiik (Little Feather), aka Akeesha Footman is Marten Clan, and currently lives in Toronto. Her family roots are in Manitou Rapids, Treaty 3 Territory in Northwestern Ontario and Europe. She is a visual artist, jingle dress dancer, storyteller and proud Anishinaabe Oshkiniikwe.
Akeesha is currently the Indigenize Our Minds Education Outreach Coordinator at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and Co-chair for A Way Home Toronto Youth Homelessness Strategy at Covenant House. She has been an active community member on various committees; to name a few, ENAGB Youth Council, NCCT; Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle as a youth council member; and the Toronto Drug Strategy Committee for Toronto Public Health.
Akeesha creates culturally based workshops and presentations, trains and hires youth facilitators, book presentations and facilitates workshops throughout the GTA. Their target market includes schools, businesses, religious groups, unions and other not-for-profit organizations. As a social enterprise, they are committed to educating all people and providing employment opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth.
The Indigenize Our Minds Education Outreach Program (IOMEOP) is a not for profit program committed to providing an Indigenous perspective to Indigenous history, culture and language in North America. IOMEOP delivers the understanding of our First Nations, Inuit and Métis people by engaging their audience with cultural academic educators through experiential, interactive and holistic learning. All of the presentations meet the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum and provides Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity training and customized presentations based on the requests of Organizations, Agencies & Businesses.