Ashley (she\her) is an Inuk mental health warrior who has spent much of her life working for mental health organizations including North in Focus and the Kids Help Phone Indigenous Advisory Council. She was motivated to take an active role in the mental health of her communities after witnessing first-hand the intergenerational trauma of residential schools as well as the loss of friends and family to mental illness. Ashley also serves her community with the Hillcrest Community Association as a board member.
She also brings with her a deep knowledge of culture and tourism, having worked for the and Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre and Adäka Cultural Festival as well as in tourism roles on cruise ships in her traditional territory of Nunavut. An advocate for hunter’s & trapper’s rights, climate action, and the inclusion of Indigenous voices in decision-making, Ashley is clear in all her work about the importance of real reconciliation. Reconciliation, she says, must go far beyond land acknowledgements and apologies.