Audrey DeRoy, BA/BEd., is of mixed heritage, Anishinaabe/French and is a band member of Anizaatikoong (Lac Des Mille Lacs) First Nation and a mother of two wonderful adult children. She’s employed by Ontario Native Women’s Association as the Land Based Coordinator, reconnecting Indigenous Women and families to the land, language, and culture. Audrey is a First Nations’ Education Teacher and was formerly employed by the Ministry of Education and Tourism, Culture and Sport. She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous peoples identity, Anishinaabe spirituality, worldview, philosophy, history, contributions, ecological/technological knowledge and teaching students and people of all ages, locally and internationally. Audrey is committed to reclaiming the Anishinaabemowin language and is actively involved in her community, in her role as an Indigenous Education Resource Person and Entrepreneur. She facilitates presentations, workshops and market/retails her handmade items at Indigenous conferences, organizations, and educational institutions.
In the fall of the Millennium year, Audrey and her partner George Price, a Coast Salish Carver, raised a totem pole in Hope, British Columbia called “Coming Home” to honour all Indigenous women who fought for the reinstatement of Indigenous rights and equality, BillC-31 in Canada; Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, Yvonne Bedard, Mary Two-Axe Early, Sandra Lovelace, and Rose Charlie and as remembrance of the strength of Indigenous Women and our families!