Wabishki Binaise Siik Ndizhnikaaz, Nimaamaa dash Ninookomis Peguis First Nation, Selkirk St. Peter’s Oonjii, Winnipeg Ndoonjii, Garson Brokenhead Ndaa, Ma’iingan Ndoodem.
My name is Ashley Wolfe, and my traditional name is White Thunderbird Woman. My maternal line comes from Peguis First Nation, (modern day Selkirk and St. Peter’s, Manitoba), I currently reside in the community of Garson, in the RM of Brokenhead, and I am Wolf Clan. I am also German, my maternal Grandfather was born in Dittersbach, Germany and came to Canada by ship, through Montreal, before resettling in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I am also a German language speaker. My father’s side is all Irish, briefly residing in Saint John, New Brunswick, from Belfast and County Cork, Ireland, before resettling in Winnipeg as well.
I am the acting Co-ordinator for KisKinHaMaKiWin, and I am currently in the last year of my Undergraduate Degree. Once complete, I will have my Advanced Bachelor of Arts Degree, Majoring in Indigenous Studies, Minoring in History. My focus with the program is working to decolonize education through Land-based learning, working with Youth and Elders, and bringing awareness of the importance of water through an Indigenous Knowledges perspective. Through the KisKinHaMaKiWin program, I am able to work with communities showing them how accessible water testing within the community is, and to encourage our next generation of land and water protectors through hands on experience.