Meet our Network Members

The FNPN members engage in pedagogical innovation projects by collaborating with communities and those working in the Indigenous early learning and child care and related sectors to their benefit, and to share what of this important work may be shared, developed and celebrated more widely. 

The ‘Sisters’ cultivate relationships with educators, programs, staff, Elders, community members and other knowledge keepers in their local work and community contexts. Together with them, they strive to support and strengthen Indigenous cultures and cultural practices in First Nations ECE and community contexts in fidelity to Indigenous rights to autonomy and cultural continuity, renewal and resurgence.  

Guided by their cultural authorities and responsive to their (and other) contexts, each FNPN member has envisioned a unique Pathway for their work. Both unique and intertwined, FNPN Pathways speak of the priorities each member has identified and is developing for the communities where they work, moving forward from their years of experience in ongoing community, cultural and professional consultations and ‘pedagogical’ works.   

From their Pathways, the work of the FNPN members supports ongoing professional and cultural learning for early childhood educators within ‘hubs’ or networks of Indigenous communities and early years programs. These may be located in a particular geographic area but are connected connected with other ‘hubs’ and to the territories where they live. They are growing in strength and diversity in a good way. 

Leona Antoine

LEONA ANTOINE began her career as an ECE in 1992 deeply inspired by the family of care providers to which she belongs…

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Cathy Balatti

CATHY BALATTI is a member of the Haisla Nation who resides in the Secwepemc Territory in Tk’emlups (Kamloops)…

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Mena Duncan

Mena Duncan

MENA DUNCAN belongs to the Ahousat Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation and has been in the early childhood education field since 1998…

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Chelsey Hardy

CHELSEY HARDY is a mixed Indigenous, European woman. She is part of the Dakelh Nation in Central British Columbia… Her community is Nadleh Whu’ten.

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Zelda Williams

Zelda Williams

ZELDA WILLIAMS’ late mother and ancestors belong to the Musqueam First Nation. She works in Mission and resides in Sts’ailes territory…

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