About the Author
Boozhoo. Songe Wabigwanikwe niindizhinikaaz, mukwa nindodem, Mamawmattawa nindonjiba. Nicole Ineese-Nash is an Anishinaabe (Oji-Cree) scholar and educator whose work focuses on Indigenous experiences of social systems, understandings of land-knowledge, and community-based research. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies with a minor in psychology from Ryerson University before continuing graduate studies in early childhood studies. Currently, Nicole is a doctoral student at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the Social Justice Education program, specializing in Indigenous health.
Nicole works as a research associate and contract lecturer cross-appointed between early childhood studies and child and youth care at Ryerson University. Her work centers on Indigenous youth, families, and communities and seeks to support self-determination and Indigenous resurgence. Nicole is particularly interested in supporting Indigenous youth to connect with their ancestry, land, and cultures. Nicole is also the director and founder of Finding Our Power Together, an Indigenous-led non-profit organization supporting youth in realizing their own goals.