I’ve been honoured and thrilled to meet so many Aboriginal leaders, educators, writers, parents, artists & young athletes.

Elder Francis Whiskeyjack and Nikaniw leader Lorie White


Dancer James Jones at Nikaniw celebration


Ermineskin Cree Nation youth who tested Spirit Runner and provided valuable input  

With remarkable elder, writer Terry Lusty  

Athletes at 2014 NAN Indoor Games, Thunder Bay

Sandy Lake athletes with their coach Ralph Bekintis. He drove 15 hrs over the ice roads to bring the youth to the Games!  

Dry land training with Metis Kikino Settlement youth and Olympian Beckie Scott. Since the Ski Fit North program started, academic performance has soared!   


With the students at DFC, Thunder Bay. They had just returned from an incredible dog sledding trip & showed me their video  

Metis Fiddler Quartet at FNMI school celebration in Mississauga June 2014  

National Aboriginal Day in Orangeville 2014. Traditional drum maker Leon Fleury  

Humber Aboriginal Services were in Orangeville and later at NAIG. Great discussions  

Metis voyageurs share their story and traditional Games in Guelph. Their trip took them all the way to Thunder Bay! Inspirational  



Spirit Runner co-founder Janice Ryan with renowned artist Alex Janvier


North American Indigenous Games (NAIG 2014) was an incredible celebration of culture and sports. My hilight of the year!


Visited the Multicultural Youth Centre in Thunder Bay. These youth rock!


35th Annual Grand River Pow Wow was truly spectacular!


Six Nations intermediate lacrosse girls were at the Pow Wow. Creator’s game. Incredible community support. 

Such an honour to meet Justice Murray Sinclair and present at the inaugural Indigenous Health Conference  


Poster presentation of Spirit Runner to educators at the 2015 Shaping the Future Conference


Back again for the 2015 NAN Games!



Thrilled to meet 4x Olympian Sharon Firth at the Games. We’re now discussing bike and ski programs for NWT youth.


Powerful singers at the Nishnawbe Aski Nation 2015 Embrace Life Forum 


Chiefs of Ontario Health Forum 2015. Importance of culture, traditional teachings & self-identity


At the Forum, learned about Ophea’s First Nations physical activities resource   

From tykes to teens, the 44th Annual Little Native Hockey League tournament was so entertaining. High energy, enthusiasm, skill.


Queen’s Aboriginal Engineering group are everywhere! Here at the Little NHL, were also at NAIG & Grand River Pow Wow