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Estelle Simard

Biography & Professional CV

Hello, my name is Estelle Simard and I am from Fort Frances, Ontario Canada. I am enrolled with the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program at the University of Phoenix. I have received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and believe I have a solid foundation from which to build an excellent child welfare framework in education. I am very interested in culturally restorative child welfare practice and believe I have found an area for my vocation. I have contributed to publishing articles, and have published a co-authored article on child welfare best practice. Further, I am presently working on a manuscript for publication in July 2011.

Much of my work experience has been in child welfare or children's mental health. I have specialized in working with minority populations, specifically First Nation's people of Canada. I have created programs and services that have helped First Nation communities in the Treaty #3 territory of Canada. I am honored to have worked in this territory for most of my career. I did attempt to work outside of my province and found myself only to return home due to a deep connection to this part of the world. I have presented at national and international conference on cultural attachment theory and fundamentally believe this is an area of law, policy, and program development needed to rebuild the Anishinaabe community. I also believe that I will be able to deconstruct this theory to help other Indigenous Nations across the world in their quest to better outcomes for Indigenous children.

On a personal note, I am a first generation non-residential school survivor, and I am sincerely grateful to my parents, George and Priscilla Simard for giving me the life I have now. I would also like to acknowledge my spiritual advisor now deceased Dave Gehue for his profound commitment to my personal and professional growth. I am also grateful for my children, both of which have given me the desire to live by the sacred teachings of the Anishinaabe. I am a spiritual person and feel deeply connected to the land, and I hope to be one of the helpers in the cultural revitalization for Indigenous people.

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