Bios of Counsel of Grandparents
Jan Kahehti:io Longboat
A mother of three daughters, one son and ten grandchildren. She is the keeper of Earth Healing Herb Gardens and Retreat Centre at Six Nations. During her life she has experienced the many losses of our values, culture, language and traditional healing arts and medicines. For most of her life, Jan has worked in education and the healing arts to bring back what she has experienced in loss. She has focused on the ‘power of the Good Mind` to bring about well-being in her life and now teaches in her community and in learning institutions around the country. Jan Kahehti:io believes our ancestors have left us a great legacy of knowledge in how to have `good well-being`. Our responsibility is to go back and pick up the pieces that we have left along our journey of 500 years. Jan Kahehti:io presently services First Nation communities in Indigenous practices of Healing and Well-being.
Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout, BN, MA, Ph.D
Cree, Kehewin First Nation. AB
Through her numerous accomplishments as a nurse, teacher, and philosopher, Ms. Dion Stout is a leader in the health development of Aboriginal people. Ms. Dion Stout’s family provided her with a strong head start on the Kehewin First Nation. After graduating as a registered nurse in 1968, she returned to school to complete a Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction. She then completed her MA in International Affairs. Because of her numerous successes, Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout was honoured with an honorary doctorate from the University of British Columbia. As well, the Canadian Nurses Association chose her for the Centennial Award that was given to 100 outstanding nurses in 2008. Ms. Dion Stout was appointed by Prime Minister Jean Chretien as a member of the National Forum on Health. Recently, she was appointed Vice-Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She also serves on several non-governmental boards and committees. Currently Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout is the president of her consulting company, Dion Stout Reflections, which has positioned her as an authority on using a Cree lens to understand Aboriginal health.
Carol is originally from Obizhigokaang First Nation (Lac Seul). Her parents: Mary Elsie Cromarty and John Kenny raised the family on their traditional lands and waters of Lac Seul. Carol attended Pelican Lake Residential School near Sioux Lookout, and Cecilia Jeffrey in Kenora. She is a graduate of Beaver Brae Secondary School, Kenora.
As an adult learner, Carol has completed her BA through distance education from Lakehead University, and most currently completed her Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University and Seven Generations. Carol is a strong believer of life-long learning.
In the health field, Carol has been employed as a Program Manager for Health Canada, and as a Health Director for two different tribal councils in Sioux Lookout.
Together with Tom, they raised 3 children: Cal, Kanina and Jesse. They are now proud grandparents to: Jaylynn, Tevai, Dolor and Miaka. Tom and Carol are delighted to have all their children and grandchildren living in Sioux Lookout. The Terry family is passionate about being out on the land and they continue to travel the many waterways of north western Ontario by canoe.