The Friends of Temagami are pleased to announce Jodi Johnston as guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting at Smoothwater Lodge on Oct. 13, 2018.
Jodi Johnston is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, Ontario. Over the past 15 years she has traveled and made her home in many towns and small First Nation and Inuit communities across Canada.
Jodi has worked extensively as an outdoor education teacher and spent large portions of every season guiding, paddling and snowshoeing in Temagami. Jodi Johnston is an honours specialist in Outdoor and Experiential Education from Queen’s University and a holds an honours Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies from Brock University. She has spent the past 12 years working in education in student success programs, outdoor experiential education and alternative education with Indigenous students across Ontario, Labrador and Nunavut.
Jodi is currently the Ojibwe language and regional student support for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Initiative (FNMI) at York Region District School Board (YRDSB). She teaches 14 grades of Ojibwe through K-12, helps run the first Indigenous Specialist High Skills Major in the province, and assists teachers to embed FNMI content, historical and contemporary issues into the curriculum.
If that wasn’t enough, Jodi is also the YRDSB Indigenous advisor for the outdoor ed council. She she has her Master Educators Leave No Trace certificate, ORCKA Instructor Level 2, Wilderness First Responder, and is an Outdoor Council of Canada paddling, winter camping and hiking certifier & instructor.
Jodi will be speaking to us about working with Indigenous peoples, her experiences in Temagami, the importance of Indigenous language education and the history of the Indian Act in Temagami.
We’re very excited to have her as our special guest speaker this year! This promises to be a very enriching presentation with a strong Temagami connection.