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Betty McKenna

Elder Betty McKenna is Anishinaabe, born in Opaswayuk (The Pas) Manitoba, her family reserve is Sapotaweyak. She follows the traditions of her people, speaks her traditional language and conducts numerous ceremonies and gathers medicines. Elder Betty is an author of several peer-reviewed publications and editor of the book “Listening to The Beat of Our Drum.” She is very passionate about Indigenous health, education and returning people to their traditional practices and languages, which shows in her work history. She serves on many research projects and is a lecturer at the First Nations University of Canada and Luther College in Regina. She is currently the first Resident Elder of The Mackenzie Art Gallery and recently became the Resident Elder of the Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network. She is also an Elder in Virtual Residence to Canadian Virtual Hospice. Elder Betty currently serves as the guiding Elder to RESOLVE Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse. She also serves as the Guiding Elder to Morningstar Lodge, Institute of Indigenous People’s Health-Canadian Institutes of Health Research (IIPH), guiding Elder to IGNITE Adult Learning Corporation and she is an Elder in Regina Public Schools. Her previous roles include; serving on The Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons, serving as a Saskatchewan Police Commissioner and served on the Elders National Advisory of Corrections Canada. She has been recognized for her work and received numerous awards over the years, these include; The Excellence in Health Award, The Wakamow Valley Award of Distinction for Conservation of Prairie Plants, The Sovereigns Award for Volunteers.