Founder and CEO
I am the founder and CEO of Sakatay Global and creator of The Indigenous Circle Approach to Cultural Confidence™. I have been a leader and innovator in Indigenous Education for over 30 years, with an extensive background in teaching, facilitation, program development and policy, including six years with the Assembly of First Nations in the Education and Residential Schools units.
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As the lead for the Assembly of First Nation’s It’s Our Time First Nations Education Tool Kit in collaboration with Apple Canada and BV02, I helped create an extensive variety of free resources available to teachers and students that provide information and curriculum support from a First Nations perspective.
In partnership with Canada C3 and the Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Legacy Room Project, I coordinated the on-ship Legacy Room, and liaised with Indigenous communities to ensure that proper protocols were followed as the ship sailed through the various traditional territories.
In collaboration with Three Things Consulting, I led several high-profile projects to enhance Indigenous education and build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations. This included work with the Rideau Hall Foundation, Pathways to Education Canada and the City of Kingston.
I am involved with Teach for Canada as an advisor, mentor, and facilitator, and with Kairos as a contributor and facilitator. In addition to over 10 years of classroom teaching experience on-reserve, I also supported 200 teachers in eight schools within Yellowknife to integrate Dene world view into the curriculum.
My academic accreditation includes a Graduate degree in Public Administration with a focus on Indigenous Policy and Governance from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies and Psychology, and a Bachelor of Education from Brandon University.
As a speaker, throughout my career, I have presented at many provincial, national, and international conferences and partnered with many and varied Canadian government entities, community agencies, and First Nations governments and organizations at local, provincial, territorial, and national levels to develop projects to improve quality of life for First Nations people.
I am of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent and a member of St Theresa Point First Nation, an Oji-Cree fly-in community in Northern Manitoba. I have a wide-ranging background in community involvement and volunteerism and currently sit with the Katarokwi Grandmothers Council, the Kingston Indigenous Health Circle, and the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) – Kingston Thunder Women.
As the mother of four and grandmother of two, I want to leave the world a better place for our next generations. I believe we all have gifts that can contribute, collectively, to well-being and humanity.
As CEO of Three Things Consulting, I help organizations and governments create processes, programs and opportunities for youth and community engagement, research and innovative evaluation. I inspire youth and influencers to make their lives healthier and communities stronger, with a deep understanding that they matter, they are important, and they belong.
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In 2013 I was appointed to the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada. In 2015 the Mayor and Council in Kingston, Ontario, appointed me to the Board of Directors for Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation. In 2016 I became one of twelve national Indigenous leaders appointed to the RCMP Circle of Change to examine ways to support Indigenous women, families and communities.
I have acted as an advisor and consultant to many government and non-profit organizations and have been highlighted over 350 times by the media. I have spoken in over 1000 settings including workshops, panels, plenary and keynote sessions to local, national and international audiences.
Some of our recent work includes: the management, development and delivery of Enhancing Indigenous Education Through Co-Creation, a project convened by the Rideau Hall Foundation; the development of two new Pathways to Education programs in Canada, both with a focus on Indigenous students; the development of a suicide and life celebration strategy in partnership with Paul Band First Nation and Human Services of Alberta; a strategic plan that engaged leaders from 20 organizations and young people in Yellowknife to address the underlying issues facing Indigenous youth involved with gang-like activities; facilitating the development and adoption of Y2K – The Kingston Youth Strategy by City Council; facilitating a gathering of trafficked women in Canada and philanthropists to create a national strategy on the issue; support for an international child health serving organization in the redevelopment of their programming with First Nations; supporting the development of an Indigenous partnership strategy for a national education organization and the evaluation of 28 programs geared to girls across Canada; and working with national youth serving agencies in their engagement of Indigenous and marginalized youth populations.
Our work with adults and leaders includes facilitating Circle processes in the arts, health, education and child welfare sectors. We have hosted dialogues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in reconciliation projects, connected youth and political and thought leaders and helped establish relationships between the Prime Minister’s Office and Indigenous leadership with leaders of national non-governmental organizations.
Learning is life long and we continue to build upon our knowledge and share these teachings and lessons with others along the way. We are reflective and ever challenging ourselves to be the kind of company we would want to work with.
Rebecca is a settler from Kingston, Ontario – also known as Katarowki, the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Rebecca attended Queen’s University where she received both a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts degree in Global Development Studies.
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Rebecca has worked alongside Indigenous students and staff at Queen’s University, through her involvement with Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and the Kahswnetha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative, to increase awareness of the issues facing Indigenous students and staff and to improve the cultural climate at Queen’s.
Rebecca is passionate about using dialogue and collaboration to create safe and inclusive environments.