Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Inc. is under the guidance of a volunteer Board of Directors representing the seven languages within our territory and is responsible for setting the direction of the organization. Each Director is fluent in their language and are vital advocates for their community working towards the revitalization of their languages. The Board of Directors ensures our activities and services fulfill our mandate, respect the traditional teachings of Elders while upholding the promise to build partnerships and connections within the communities.
Born in Ste. Madeleine, Manitoba in 1935, George was one of the Founding Fathers of the Manitoba Metis Federation, being first elected in 1968 as Vice President for the Southwest Region. George became an addictions counselor with Addictions Foundation of Manitoba in 1980, since retiring in 1999, he has dedicated himself to music and reviving the old Michif songs he learned as a child from his mother. For several years, George has also been a long time member of the MMF Michif Language Committee and has served as an Elder for the Shawane Dagosiwin Aboriginal Education Research Forum as well currently is Elder on the Manitoba Aboriginal Language Strategy Elder Advisory Committee and on the Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Board of Directors. In October, 2017 George received from the Manitoba Council on Aging – the prestigious Murray and Muriel Smith Award. George’s family are citizens of the Metis Nation and take great pride in what they have learned from him about the strength of family and strength of nationhood. George believes that our greatest strength comes from our spiritual belief and that we can accomplish what we set out to do if we have faith.
Grace Schedler is from Gods Lake Narrows Cree nation, a fly in community 500 miles northeast of Winnipeg. Parents were Joe and Margaret Anderson, she has 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Grace has worked for the province for the past 18 years. Grace is very active in trying to keep Indigenous languages and culture alive by teaching introduction to Cree as well as doing presentations on Indigenous 2018.
Grace will be facilitating circles for reconciliation this fall, website www.circlesforreconciliation.ca
Grace also volunteers with Civil Air Search and Rescue and was recently voted into the Palliative Care Board of Directors. Graces hobbies include walking, pickle ball, swimming, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, bowling, card games, and does many walks for awareness such as suicide, parkinsons, arthritis, cancer etc.
Kevin Tacan is from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation where he was raised alongside his seven siblings, and two relatives. Kevin holds a diploma from Yellowquill College in Economic Development, a certificate from Assiniboine Community College in Applied Agriculture as well as a degree in Native Studies from Brandon University with a minor in the language. Kevin has taken on various positions in his community in different areas including governance and business development; he also sat on the Board of Governors at Assiniboine Community College for six years, and served as Vice-Chair for three.
Kevin has been with the Brandon School Division since 1996 as a Cultural Consultant as well as a Professor in the Native Studies Department at Brandon University teaching the Dakota language. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Indigenous Languages of Manitoba as the Chairperson.
Kevin dances men’s traditional powwow, sings and plays flute music, as well as emcee’s many powwows and conferences including the Winterfest conference on languages in Brandon, MB. In his free time, he does team roping, as well as many workshops and presentations on his language, culture and traditions.
Biography coming soon...
Biography Coming Soon...
Biography coming soon...