Sandi is a Proud Indigenous Speaker, Trainer, Author, Entrepreneur & Activist

Sandi Boucher is a proud Anishinabekwe (Ojibwe Woman), who uses her traditional teachings, life experience, and formal training to empower Indigenous men, women, and youth while assisting ALL Canadians to move towards true reconciliation.

 

 

THE MANY FACES OF INTERNALIZED OPPRESSION

Internalized Oppression, like the common cold, has touched everyone in this country to some extent, but nowhere it is felt more deeply or more widespread than in the Indigenous communities.

 

It manifests in many different ways.  Some examples are:

  • Youth giving up on schooling and their dreams
  • People shying away from speaking up because they believe their opinion has no value
  • People carrying an internal belief that they can be no more than the stereotype
  • People condemning each other rather than the broader issues
  • People being rewarded by the oppressor and the oppressed for being more like or desiring to be more like the oppressor
  • People and especially youth feeling a total lack of pride (and/or feelings of shame) over their own culture.

 

Sandi educates her audiences on the many forms of internalized oppression, helping them to realize how history has formed our current reality.  She then takes it one step further – educating Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike on how to BREAK THE CHAIN!

How it all began

Sandi started her work as a storyteller and inspirational speaker in 2009. In 2010, she created Traditionally Speaking.ca, an Indigenous speakers network which she operated until 2016.

Thanks to her dedication to the cause, Sandi has travelled across Canada and as far off as Finland, sharing her message of empowerment for Indigenous peoples and respectful cross-cultural relations with all the nations of this great continent.

But her passion will always be her writing. Sandi’s first book, “Honorary Indian” which tells of her Mother’s teachings through Sandi’s life story, was released in 2010, reaching Best Seller status in 2013.

Named the Thunder Bay Business Person of the Year for 2016, Sandi is committed to her fight, a fight for a Canada we can all be proud of.

The Learning Curve

“The Learning Curve” hosted by Sandi Boucher is designed to increase understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the Thunder Bay area.  Watch her on Shaw Community TV – Channel 10 or check out past shows on The Learning Curve Facebook page or on Sandi’s Youtube channel.

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