Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Lori Campbell – Director, Shatitsirótha’ Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre & Adjunct Lecturer, Indigenous Studies
2020 Women of Inspiration™ Indigenous Leader | @Campbelllor
Women of Inspiration lead, inspire, and motivate others to dream bug! In this episode of Women of Inspiration Podcast, Monica Kretschmer, Founder, and CEO, Universal Womens Network interviews Lori Campbell who shares her story of being taken from her family at 14 months as an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School System. Her story inspires her journey to locate her 6 siblings across Canada, reunite with her birth mother, and follow a path in research and politics.
Lori is a 2-Spirit nēhiyaw āpihtākosisān (Cree-Metis) with family roots at Montreal Lake First Nation, Treaty 6 territory. She is an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system and a child from the Sixties Scoop generation. Over a span of 25 years, she located not only her birth mom but all 6 of her living siblings who were scattered across several provinces. Lori has made it her career advocating for social justice and working towards a more equitable society for all. She started out working with youth, later in the area of public housing and then became a victim services worker before moving into post-secondary. Most recently, she was a federal candidate in the 2019 election. Now, with over 13 years of progressive leadership with contributions in student services, academics, research, and administration, Lori is an experienced leader in education with a proven track record particularly in advancing processes of Indigenization, reconciliation, and decolonization. Lori holds two undergraduate degrees (Indigenous Studies and Psychology), a master’s degree in Adult Education, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Justice Education. She currently holds the position of Director, Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre and is and teaches Indigenous studies at St. Paul’s University College.
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