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Our Team

Shannon Monk Payne

Shannon Monk Payne

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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I have conducted training and facilitation with a wide variety of partners and collaborators throughout the country and am known for creating welcoming, safe and comfortable learning environments that help people understand how to build positive relationships with Indigenous people and communities in Canada. Providing professional development opportunities for senior level administrators and educators has allowed me to bring together the experiences and knowledge of many well-known and high profile Indigenous leaders and knowledge keepers.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Bernard Nelson and Tammy Nelson

Bernard Nelson and Tammy Nelson

Knowledge Keepers

Bernard: I come from a background of Cree and Ojibway. The Cree comes from my mother’s side, originating in Eabmontoong (Fort Hope) First Nation. I am Ojibway on my father’s side; his people come from White Sand First Nation. I was born in Ombabika in 1958, where my grandmother delivered me.

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I remember as a young boy watching my grandparents survive off the land by trapping, hunting, fishing, picking wild rice and medicines, cutting wood, hauling water, traveling by canoe in summertime and snowshoeing in the winter. These are the ways of my people, which I still practice today. I am a survivor of the Pelican Lake Residential School in Sault Look-Out, ON.

 

 

 

Tammy: My father was from Nipissing First Nation. My mother’s people come from Scotland and Ireland.  Bernard and I walk the Red Road together; this is a road that has no drugs or alcohol. We follow the powwow trail and live and raise our three daughters and grandchildren by the Seven Grandfather Teachings; Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, Wisdom, and Truth.

Bernard: I am a Men’s Traditional Dancer, Eagle Staff Carrier, Pipe Carrier, and Sun Dancer. I am a Traditional Knowledge Keeper, and carry the knowledge of First Nations spiritual customs, practices and communication styles. When I began, I was a helper to my elders. It was only when they felt I was ready commit and carry such responsibilities that I was granted the permission to carry a pipe for the people. I carry knowledge of the teachings, medicines, songs, and ceremonies

Tammy:  Now we help others who are in the process of healing through various ceremonies such as sharing circles, Sweat Lodge, Spring and Fall Fast, Vision Quest, and the Sundance Ceremony.   We also do a lot of work together in the community, providing workshops on traditional teachings and ceremony with the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools within the Limestone, Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic, and Upper Canada District School Boards.

Since we moved to Kingston, Ontario in 2009, we have worked with the Royal Military College as the Elder and teacher for the ALOY Program, counselling and providing traditional teachings and ceremony to First Nation, Metis and Inuit students. Since 2013, we have been also been working with the Black Bear Cultural Program, a summer Military Aboriginal program offered at CFB Borden, ON and CFB Gagetown, NB.  We are happy to share our knowledge because we are all equal as brothers and sisters of the human race.

Pytor Hodgson

Pytor Hodgson

Advisor

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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I have been the Co-Chair of the Youth Engagement Working Group for Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win: The North South Partnership, President of the National Youth In Care Network, and an Executive of Youth Justice Education Partnership. I am also a founding Board Member of Northern Starfish.

 

 

 

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.

Kerry Taylor

Kerry Taylor

Chief of Staff

I am retired from the Canadian Forces and currently call Kingston, Ontario home.  In my 28 years in uniform I was fortunate to live and experience Canada from coast to coast to coast, including all provinces and territories (not to mention my travel to other countries in the world!).

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I worked in a number of trades doing a variety of jobs – from driving trucks and loading ordnance on fighter jets, to developing and delivering workshops, to business planning and personnel management. Those experiences gave me the opportunity to hone my skills as a creative, reliable, and independent thinker and skilled communicator.I started my career as a private and came up through the ranks to major, while earning a university degree enroute.  My last fifteen or so years were spent as an Air Force Logistics Officer specializing in financial management, HR and administration.  I appreciated the challenges of working with a vast array of people and perspectives, and prided myself on my ability to adapt to the individual needs of the members and their unique situations.

While the military does have job descriptions, its members are expected to do whatever needs doing in order to complete the mission.  In my professional life, as well as my personal life I am known as the “go to person” because I get the job done. Welcome to Sakatay Global.  I look forward to assisting you in any way I can!

Rebecca Rolfe

Rebecca Rolfe

Communications Officer

Rebecca is a non-Indigenous woman 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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During her academic career, Rebecca became aware of the many national issues affecting peoples in Canada and began to focus her studies in the areas of Canadian history, Indigenous studies, and Indigenous-settler relations. Her MA research examined cultural heritage and Indigenous activism directed at the commemoration of colonial history in Kingston.

 

 

 

 

 

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.