Aura is excited to be back for another year to support the
cultural programs at the longhouse. Aura has a genuine artistic talent,
including over ten years experience with wool, and more recently experimenting using
plants for Indigenous dyeing techniques with the students
A lifelong learner, she loves sharing with others her knowledge of native wild
edible and medicinal plants. She is extremely grateful to have learned from
Local Elders and educators about the uses of plant species specific to
Paradise Valley, where Cheakamus Centre resides. She is honoured
to carry the nickname Ses’emay, which means "bee" in
(Squamish) language - it
reminds her to help spread traditional knowledge with purpose and gentleness.
is a member of the Métis Nation and is of Cree and Otipemisiwak descent.
She is committed to supporting inclusive, authentic, and joyful learning
experiences for all students, and helping to instill a deeper understanding and
respect for First Nation culture. In addition to her work at the longhouse,
Aura contributes in other experiential learning areas; most
recently, coordinating the student gardens and the new Cheakamus Centre
Farm-to-Plate program. Aura's previous work experience includes
leading multi-day hiking, camping and canoeing trips
for the YMCA.
Aura resides on property with her husband, two young daughters, a dog, and
the occasional transient bear.