AEO Provincial Circle


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Renee Linklater, PhD

Director, Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach 
416.535.8501 ext. 36908


Renee Linklater, PhD is a member of Rainy River First Nations in Northwestern Ontario.  Renee has extensive experience working with Aboriginal healing agencies and First Nation communities. She has worked across the health and education sectors as a frontline worker, program evaluator, curriculum developer, educator/trainer and researcher. She is an international speaker on trauma and healing and is author of Decolonizing trauma work: Indigenous stories and strategies


Laura Gagnon
Manager, Aboriginal Workforce Development 
705.675.1195 ext. 78333



Laura is Anishinaabekwe of the Wajashk (muskrat) Clan and a member of Dokis First Nation in Northeastern Ontario.  She brings considerable experience in post-secondary education where she previously led the development of initiatives and services to support Aboriginal learners on their academic and personal journeys. Laura's work was driven by the necessity to minimize barriers to access and participation, inspire degree completion, facilitate transitions, and develop sustainable community partnerships for the success of Aboriginal learners for generations to come. She holds a Master of Education with a focus on the social and cultural context of education, adult education and leadership. Laura's passion for education has led to her supporting many of the training opportunities offered through AEO.  Her commitment to lifelong learning fuels her work as she supports the development, coordination, and implementation of AEO training opportunities.


picture of Diane LongboatKahontakwas, Diane Longboat
Senior Project Manager,
Guiding Directions Implementation 
416.535.8501 ext. 33983



Diane is a member of the Turtle Clan and Mohawk Nation. She is a ceremonial leader, traditional teacher and healer. She has served as Elder for CAMH since January of 2014.  Diane is founder of Soul of the Mother. She is a professional educator with a Master's degree in education and has taught at universities nationally and internationally on the topic of traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and spirituality as the fuel for innovation. She possesses an in-depth understanding of Indigenous history, loss and trauma, as well as the resiliency factors that are embedded in culture and knowledge systems. She has published extensively and written numerous reports on Indigenous education and law for the Assembly of First Nations and the Chiefs of Ontario.


picture of Bonnie DackBonnie Dack
Administrative Assistant 
416.535.8501 ext. 36707

Bonnie is a Pottawatomi member of Moose Deer Point, Bear Clan. She has many years of experience working with non-profit Aboriginal agencies in Toronto in an administrative capacity. Every now and then, you can see cookies or some other form of baked goods on her desk, which she gladly shares with everyone.


picture of Krystine AbelKrystine Abel 
Research Methods Specialist - Aboriginal Evaluation
416.535.8501 ext. 34623



Krystine is an Anishinaabekwe born and raised in Toronto, and a member of M'Chigeeng First Nation, on Manitoulin Island. She holds a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development, with a focus on Aboriginal Health completed through the Aboriginal Health Collaborative Program at the University of Toronto. Over the past five years Krystine has worked on a number of urban Indigenous health research projects, primarily focusing on chronic health and diabetes in the Indigenous community in Toronto. Her other research interests include Indigeneity in the city, food security and Indigenous food sovereignty, violence against women, and addictions and mental health.


picture of Nadia GreenNadia Green
Aboriginal Knowledge Exchange Coordinator
416.535.8501 ext. 33935




Nadia is a registered nurse, originally from Berens River First Nation in Manitoba. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Manitoba and has since worked as a nurse, nurse researcher and clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students. In 2014, she moved to Toronto to pursue a master's degree in nursing at the University of Toronto. Nadia is passionate about improving the health of Aboriginal populations living in remote communities and hopes to achieve this by enhancing access to essential health services and refining the calibre of current health service provision. 


Julie Bull
Research Methods Specialist - Aboriginal Research
416.535.8501 ext. 33229



Julie Bull is an award-winning researcher and educator of mixed Inuit descent and is a member of NunatuKavut, Labrador, with more than 15 years of experience in community-based research and education with Indigenous communities. Her academic background is interdisciplinary (Philosophy, Psychology, Health Policy Research, Bioethics) with a focus on research ethics and methods for research involving Indigenous People. Julie is a sessional professor in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Toronto and she consults on various government, NGO, and health care initiatives to understand the intersections involving Indigenous people. Julie works with communities, researchers, educators, and policy makers to implement wise practices involving Indigenous people and is an invited lecturer and speaker at many events throughout Canada and around the world. She has been honored with many awards and accolades such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Vanier Graduate Scholarship, the Scientific Director's Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research -Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health, and the National Aboriginal Role Model Award from the National Aboriginal Health Organization. Julie is active in both academic and grassroots initiatives as a committee member for education and outreach with the Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research and a member of the NunatuKavut Community Council Research Review Committee. She is a mentor in the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership at the Coady International Institute at St. Frances Xavier University and a National Science Foundation Fellow in the Arctic-FROST (Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North) program. 


Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Region



Aboriginal Initiative Lead,
GTA Region

416.535.8501 ext. xxxxx





Aboriginal Workforce Development


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Laura Gagnon
Manager, Aboriginal Workforce Development 
705.675.1195 ext. 78333




Alison Benedict
Provincial Aboriginal Training Coordinator
613.546.4266 ext. 78063




Alison Kiawenniserathe (Bright Day) Benedict, MSW is a member of the Kanienkahaka Nation from Akwesasne, Wolf Clan. The roots and inspiration of her life work come from the teachings of the Peacemaker. She received her Masters degree from the University of Michigan with a focus in clinical practice with children and youth, including school social work and specialized training in child abuse and neglect.


picture of Lisa WabangeLisa Wabange
Regional Aboriginal Training Coordinator 
705.675.1195 ext. 78341




Lisa is a member of Eagle Lake First Nation (Treaty #3) in Northwestern Ontario. She has experience working with various organizations in public affairs and child welfare as well as First Nation communities and post-secondary institutions. Lisa has held various roles including coordinator, counsellor, researcher, sessional lecturer and facilitator.  She holds a Master of Social Work from Lakehead University. Lisa has always been passionate about incorporating Aboriginal traditional knowledge and history within programming, research, as well as policy and curriculum development. She enjoys being part of the healing process at an individual and community level. 


picture of Arizona RestouleArizona Restoule
Project Assistant 
705.675.1195 ext. 78340



Arizona is a proud Anishinabekwe from Dokis First Nation, a graduate from Canadore College, and a current student at Athabasca University. Arizona began her career as a frontline crisis worker, where she worked with several vulnerable populations and developed a passion for client-based approaches to mental health work. She has also assisted multiple teams at the Union of Ontario Indians; supporting the development of the Anishinabek Education System as well as assisting with the Aboriginal Child and Youth Strategy, the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy and the FASD team. Her work experience has inspired her commitment to helping workers in the mental health and addictions field overcome barriers to accessing training opportunities. 


Picture of Pamela KimewonPamela Kimewon
Project Assistant 
705.675.1195 ext. 78332


Pamela is a member of the Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory located on Manitoulin Island. She has over four years of experience working in and with the Aboriginal community in an administrative capacity. Pamela recently moved back to Sudbury and is excited to rejoin the Mobile Training Teams Initiative as a Project Assistant. The field of mental health and addictions is a relatively new area of work for Pamela and she is enthusiastic to learn and engage more on the topic. 

East Region


picture of Katharine IrngautVacant
Aboriginal Initiative Lead, East Region

613.569.6024 ext. xxxxx




Northwest Region



Aboriginal Initiative Lead,
Northwest Region

807.626.9145 ext. xxxxx


Northeast Region


Loretta Fox-Assinewai
Aboriginal Initiative Lead,
Northeast Region
705.675.1195 ext. 78326


Loretta is originally from the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Her Ojibwe name is Older Sister and she is a proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren. Her professional background includes a long tenure with the local community college in Sudbury as a Counsellor and Instructor. She taught in the Social Work, Native Early Childhood Education, Law and Security and General Arts programs and has various experiences working in the field of education and training. Loretta strives to incorporate the Anishinaabe language and culture in a meaningful educational way both in the classroom and in curriculum writing. She has worked with many First Nations communities in the area of post-secondary education and training and has also taught at the elementary school level the subjects of Ojibwe, Drama and Visual Arts. Loretta is a firm believer that education is a life-long journey and is looking forward to beginning a new journey of both learning and sharing in her new position with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

West Region


Heidi Maracle
Aboriginal Initiative Lead,
West Region
905.525.1250 ext. 78155



Heidi is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River (Mohawk/Oneida), with French Canadian lineage. She has 11 years’ experience working in the field of mental health and substance use in different communities in Ontario. In 2014, Heidi attended Laurier University for the Masters of Indigenous Social Work program. She was very interested in the work being done at CAMH and requested to complete a placement within the organization. It was at this time that she was introduced to the work of Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach where she completed her placement. Heidi was very grateful for the opportunity because she sought employment within Aboriginal Services at CAMH shortly after completing her MSW. After 3.5 years of clinical work in Aboriginal Services she is happy to join the Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach team as an Aboriginal Engagement Lead of West Region.