Renee Linklater is of Anishinaabe and Scottish/English ancestry. Her Anishnaabe name is Ozhaawashkobinesi (Blue Thunderbird) and she is from the Otter Clan. She is a member of Manitou Rapids – Rainy River First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. Renee has been involved in the Spirit Matters Gatherings since 2004 and was a participant on the journey to Rekindle Indigenous Spirit in Ireland in the spring of 2008. She completed her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research, Decolonising trauma work: Indigenous practitioners share stories and strategies, explored the ways in which Indigenous healthcare practitioners understand wellness and wholistic health; critique psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses; and utilise cultural strategies in their practises to help clients address trauma, depression, and experiences of parallel and multiple realities. Renee has many years of experience working with Aboriginal healing agencies and First Nation communities. She has worked across the health and education sectors as a frontline worker, program evaluator, curriculum developer, and educator/trainer. Renee is currently the Manager of Aboriginal Community Engagement for the Provincial System Support Program at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.
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