Kanata: Our Home and Native Land
Traditional Grandmother Kim Wheatley is a band member of Shawanaga First Nations. She is Anishinaabe (Ojibway/Pottawatomi), Turtle Clan and carries the spirit name "Shkoden Neegaan Waawaaskonen (Head or Leader of the Fireflower).
As a multi award winning public speaker, published author, event organizer, ceremonial practitioner, knowledge keeper, hand drummer/singer & consultant Kim has spent the last 3 decades serving locally, nationally and internationally. She has appeared on radio, television, newspapers & magazines and is a well known and respected Knowledge Keeper.
Her most recent accomplishments include; The Great Lakes Waterwalk 2017, The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 & Fort Yorks Indigenous Arts Festival 2019.
Kim's commitment to inserting Indigenous worldviews, perspectives and values shapes her public presentations weaving historic and contemporary truths through storytelling and factual engagements. Water walking and the protection of lands and waters through cultural education has been a longtime practice that has provided meaningful engagements with a wide variety of diverse groups including; cultural, faith based, educational, governmental, institutional, environmental and corporate groups.
Kim continues to seek opportunities to insert Indigenous voice and perspectives by volunteering on many boards as a cultural consultant, advisor and active community member.