Amy Desjarlais Waabaakaakakzhe zhaashkeezhgokwe (White Raven Woman with Turquoise Eyes) Ojibway/Potowotomi from Wasauksing First Nation.
Amy is a member of the Elders on campus program (Fall/winter/2017/Spring 2018) that is available through York Uiversity's Centre for Aboriginal Services. She is available weekly for one-on-one and group sessions including workshops and other teachings.
In 2003, Amy founded, EarthTALKER, a magazine focused on women and families. In 2008, Amy was one of two recipients of the FNTI/Ryerson University Practicum Award for Theory of Interconnectedness – An Indigenous perspective on political decision making. Amy has an MA in Culture & History; Her thesis, Emptying the Cup: Healing Fragmented Identity, explores an Anishinawbekwe (female) perspective on historical trauma and culturally appropriate consultation and is published by the Centre for World Indigenous Studies’ Fourth World Journal. Amy recently published her first non-fiction full length book, Starblanket – A mother’s gift to her son (available for Kobo and Kindle Readers). When she is not writing, Amy facilitates cultural workshops and drum circles. Amy is also a hand drummer and singer.