How may I help you? I have many years of experience helping my clients with a range of professional services.

communications and media consulting | editing | writing | pre-press

I specialize in practical strategic communications support, with a focus on building high-value partnerships wth aboriginal organizations. My goal is to work with you to clarify and realize your organization’s values and vision.

I was born at Buffalo, New York, in 1965. A Kanien’kehake (Mohawk), I have worked for several aboriginal organizations in the fields of health and education. I am the Managing Editor of the Journal of Aboriginal Management and a published author of essays, newspaper articles and fiction. Until 2012, I was the Director of Communications at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, in Ottawa, Canada. | Download CV
sample writings: articles, fiction & reports
National Post | Huffington Post | | Other writings: “Canada’s Indian Residential School System and Historical Trauma” Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal | “The Federal Government as Policy Referee” Policy Options | Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Globe and Mail | Advancing Change in Aboriginal Education: a national conversation (Nipissing University) | “Nipissing’s Bold Educational Experiment in Listening” Nipissing Review Magazine | “How AFOA Canada has helped Aboriginal communities build the financial and management skills that support effective governance and administration,” Canadian Government Executive Magazine
sample writings: speeches
A Convocation Speech University of Western Ontario | National Reconciliation Week Canberra & Sydney, NSW, and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | Public Policy Forum Award for Public Policy Work Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre | The Tragic Legacy of Residential Schools: Is Reconciliation Possible? A Conference Hosted by The Assembly of First Nations, University of Calgary | Justice From Now On A Keynote Address to the United Church of Canada 38th General Council | Moving Forward: Reparations for the Stolen Generations Conference University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia | Strengthening First Nations through Finance and Management, Defending the Pā, Extending the Boundaries Māori Inc Going Global, Te Papa Tongarewa – Wellington, New Zealand, 26 July 2013
experience and expertise
Over twenty years of professional experience as a writer and editor, having written for a wide range of audiences, clients, publications and occasions. Work has appeared internationally and comprises academic journals, popular magazines, speeches, newspapers, briefings & policy analysis and strategic communications planning. Skilled in organizing and analyzing complex ideas and information, tailoring the end product to a target audience. Areas of interest and expertise include aboriginal issues, policy analysis, strategic planning, communications & public relations, and writing.
sample communications campaigns
National bilingual media insert: The Healing Has Begun: An Operational Update of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation | Twenty-seven Regional Conferences | Two Parliamentary Breakfasts (federal House of Commons and Senate) | Memoranda to Cabinet | Presentations to federal Senate and House committees | Ongoing Parliamentary Outreach | Media Liaison | Briefings | Strategic Corporate Planning | Annual Reports
pro bono
Services are offered free of charge to former Indian residential school students. Pro bono assistance is also available in many cases to aboriginal people. Over the years support has been provided at no cost to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit. Free services include letter writing, government relations, lobbying, accessing government services, communications, outreach, awareness campaigns, and public relations. Please visit the Contact page for more details.
some of my clients
Nipissing University | The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) | NationTalk | Aboriginal Financial Officers Association Canada | Living Traditions Writers Group | Aboriginal Healing Foundation | Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee | The Legacy of Hope Foundation | Garnet’s Journey | Emond Montgomery Publications | First Nations Finance Authority | Barbara Kay

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