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Fay Desjarlais

Fay Desjarlais
Indigenous worker

Iskwe, mother, aunt, She/her is originally from the First Nations communities of Muskowekwan and Pasqua, which are located in Saskatchewan, on Treaty 4 territory. She is Ojibway from the Plains and Sioux. She currently lives near Montreal, as she was adopted from the province of Quebec during the roundup of the 60s and 80s. She held the post of Cultural Counsellor at the Federal Institution for Women in Joliette, Quebec. Currently, she supports Aboriginal women at the Leclerc Institution in their healing and social reintegration process. For over 15 years, she has worked in collaboration with aboriginal organizations and communities. She organizes workshops on aboriginal culture and the fight against all forms of violence. She sits on the Board of Directors of the First Nations and Inuit Suicide Prevention Association of Quebec and Labrador, and was recently elected Vice-President of Résilience Montréal. She is also involved in the integration of cultural safety into mental health care with the Philippe-Pinel psychiatric hospital. She is a sun dancer and a sacred pipe bearer. She devotes her life to promoting native culture and spirituality.

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