Liz Brown

“My dream is for all children to have the connection at birth so many of our hearts longed for; a connection to culture, language, land, and elders. I dream of a time when every child in every community, whatever their ancestry, is welcomed by their whole village with ceremony connecting them to the earth; a time when they learn the true history of the land they live on. In this time, all people will learn to see the land as their wisest teacher, sing songs to it, and become deeply rooted in it. In this time, the gifts of children will blossom when they are very young.”

LIZ BROWN is agokwe (two-spirit), Makwa dodem (Bear clan), a member of the Algonquin nation of Pikwàkanagàn, and has French/Scottish ancestry connecting them to the clan Anderson.  A child of the 60s Scoop era, they have much gratitude for the privilege of living and working in the traditional and unceded territories of the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum, Kwiakah, and K’omoks First Nations, as well as the combined territory of 35 Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-Cha-Nulth, and coast Salish Nations.

Liz has been an educator for 24 years. They completed their Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University in 1997 and originally began working with teenagers and adults. In the second half of their career, Liz discovered their passion for working with children under six and children on the spectrum. Currently an instructor in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education at North Island College, Liz’s pathways as an educator are related to social-justice and decolonization, land-based learning, spirituality, creativity, stories, drumming, and singing.

Main Lake, Quadra Island | LB