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Her Story

Shirley Williams

Elder, Professor Indigenous Knowledge, Author

Shirley's Story

My name is  Shirley Ida Williams nee Pheasant(Neganigwane) and I am a member of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island.

I  graduated from the Diploma program in Native Studies(Trent U) in 1982, BA in Native Studies (Trent U) in 1983, Life Skills certification (George Brown College) in 1984, Diploma on Native language Instructions Program (Lakehead U) in 1989, certification on Curriculum Development (Oklahoma U) in 1989, and received my Masters in Environmental Studies (York U) in 1996.

I  received an award for Excellence in the Indigenous Education for First Nations Communities by Wikwemikong Board of Education in 2009 and Alumni Excellence award from Trent.    I retired in 2004 from Trent University

I have  travelled extensively throughout Ontario;  to many Universities and colleges and Internationally to Indigenous communities found in New Zealand, Hawai’i and Australia presenting;   lectures and doing workshops.

I have spoken on Residential on CBC radio with Commissioner Judge Murray St Clair at the Governor General Truth and Reconciliation gathering (Toronto).

I am one of the founding members of Anishinaabemowin Teg Inc., which promotes language revitalization, promotion and protect languages .

I am  cultural advisor for the Williams Consulting Company on research, Head Start Programs, Sisters in Spirit, Language Task Force and Chiefs of Ontario on Health.

I  also sit on the Aboriginal Education Committee (Sir Sanford Fleming College) (Durham College).