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Melanie Goodchild in Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, determined little girl proud of her buckskin vest and headband that Auntie made

Boozhoo

Boozhoo, Aniin (greetings) nindinawemaaganidok (my relations/relatives).  Miigwetch for visiting my site.  I live and work in Haudenosaunee Confederacy and Three Fires Confederacy territory.  The confederacy of the Three Fires are the Anishinaabe, Odawa and Potawatomi. I am Anishinaabe (Ojibway).

My Kinship

Anishinaabekwe indaaw (I am an Anishinaabe woman).  She/Her.  Mooz indoodem (I am moose clan).  Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Ojibways of the Pic River) and Ketegaunseebee (Garden River) izhinikaade ishkonigan wenjiiyaan (is the name of the First Nation that I come from).  Waabishki Ogichidakwenz-anang and Waaba-anang ikwe indigoo Anishinabemong idash (is what I am known by the spirits in Ojibway).  Melanie Goodchild indizhinikaaz zhaaganaashiiong/ingikeniogoo gaye (is what I am called in English/is what I am also known by).  I am the daughter of Melinda Jones (Garden River) and the late Delaney Goodchild (Pic River).  I am the granddaughter of Ernie Jones (Garden River) and Jane Jones (nee Godin) (Couchiching First Nation).  I am also the granddaughter of Louis Goodchild (Pic River) and Isabella Goodchild (nee Mendowegan) (Aroland First Nation). All of my grandparents are in the spirit world now.   

 

I come from a colonized First World country called Canada.  My dad went to Spanish Indian Residential School and my mom went to Roman Catholic Indian Day School.  I have a lifestyle of privilege and wealth compared to previous generations of my family, affording me the opportunity to earn a HBA and MA in Sociology from Lakehead University.  I study complexity and systems thinking at the University of Waterloo in my doctoral program.  My petition to the manidoog (spirits) is that I can use my privilege and knowledge/wisdom to nurture the collective well-being of all humans from the four directions, future generations and all our relations, the non-humans.  I asked my ancestors to help me, be with me, remind me when I forget something.  Nadimooshin ji-mshkoogaabwigayaan minima ji-zoongde'eyaan. 

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Can you see the family 
resemblance?

It was a proud moment for my mother Melinda that winter day in 2018 when we visited the Bookshelf book store in Guelph, ON to pick up a copy of the Grand Magazine holiday issue featuring me on the cover.  After photo shoots and interviews with me and and some of my colleagues at the University and at NASA, my approach to bridging ways of knowing was getting some attention.  I was happy my biker tattoos got some attention too!

Kinship - my relatives

It's not every day that the little girl on the Rez, standing there in her buckskin vest, is featured on the cover of a magazine, spotlighting her work bringing distinct worldviews together in the sacred space between!  My family was proud, below my Uncle Dan Longboat (Six Nations of the Grand River), my Auntie Denise & Uncle Norman Copenace (Onigagming First Nation), my step-father Alvin Copenace (Mishkosiminiziibing First Nation) and me with copies of the magazine.

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Contact

My EA Carrianne Agawa handles all inquires please email her with any requests