ABOUT SUZANNE SMOKE:
Suzanne Smoke, Ginew Kwe, Golden Eagle Woman from Alderville First Nation, sits with the Bear Clan. She is a Mother and Life giver to her daughter, Cedar Smoke, Ogima Geeziko Kwe.
As members of the Chippewas of Georgina Island, Cedar and Suzanne have resided in York Region for the past 18 years.
Suzanne is Executive Director of Biindigen Healing and Arts, York Region’s non-profit serving the off-reserve Indigenous community with culturally appropriate and sensitive healing methods and programming, providing cross cultural training and engagement strategies for Non-Indigenous agencies.
For the First Nations population, suicide rates and signs of depression are twice the national average and show no signs of decreasing. Our youth need their culture, they need their land base, they need ceremony and connection to the place they come from. Connection to our culture is key, “You can’t do it for us, you can only do it with us.” Let us guide our youth back to the teachings and the healing from our land and water. Support us in our journey.