"Traditionally Speaking"

Sandi Boucher is a Motivational Speaker, a Trainer/Facilitator, a best-selling author, and a  proud Anishinabekwe (Ojibwe Woman) who is dedicated to Indigenous Empowerment and Canadian Reconciliation.


Using dialogue and metaphor to build understanding, Sandi uses her Ojbwe world view to assist Indigenous communities across Canada to heal from the past while building futures of their design.

At the same time, Sandi diligently works with progressive non-Indigenous governments, businesses, and agencies as they develop new, more inclusive engagement strategies and procedures.

In a conversational style, Sandi moves her audiences away from shame and guilt and blame towards her goal – a better Canada!



Indigenous communities today are not a “natural result” of Indigenous ways of being, but rather a natural human reaction to long term oppression, an oppression that has now been internalized.

It manifests in many different ways.  Do you recognize the following?

  • 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 (Indigenous, non-Indigenous and mixed) on the many forms of internalized oppression, helping them to realize how history and resulting current policy has formed our Canadian reality.

Then she 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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