Sandi is a Proud Indigenous Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur

Sandi Boucher is a proud Anishnabequek (Ojibwe Woman), an outspoken activist on behalf of women and Indigenous peoples from all areas of this globe, a proud member of the Seine River First Nation in northern Ontario, Canada and a passionate Mother and grandmother.

A PROUD ANISHNABEQUEK WOMAN

Sandi’s story followed a path all too common for Indigenous women, a path that included career success while hiding the violence, poverty, and alcoholism that rocked her family to their core.┬áBut the death of her mentor and Mother in 2005, changed everything for Sandi.

Suddenly, there were no more excuses. Suddenly she realized there was no one to comfort her through her bad decisions anymore. Suddenly she realized who she was and she was her Mother’s Daughter.

DEALING WITH 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.

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 a new program featured on Shaw Community TV, Channel 10. Designed to build bridges through increased understanding, Sandi and her guests tackle topics of confusion such as “do Indigenous people’s pay taxes” and “what is MMIWG”?

Watch her on Channel 10 or check out videos of the show on The Learning Curve Facebook page or on Sandi’s Youtube channel.

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