Mena Duncan

"My aspirations, hopes and dreams for First Nations ECE are to have First Nations communities work together with the nearby Colleges as Ahousat does it. Our goal is to have Our Ahousat Ways, Culture and Language in our daily activities."

Mena Duncan

MENA DUNCAN belongs to the Ahousat Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation and has been in the early childhood education field since 1998. Ahousat ways, culture and language are as present as possible within the programs of her community. Working closely with Elders, Mena’s main commitment is to one day have the whole curriculum steeped in Ahousat ways. Her experience has been that coming back their Ahousat ways, particularly through the language, is providing strong guidance. Mena hopes to share with others her experience and the ways in which she has changed. She looks forward to thinking together to support others too.

Mena is one of the Network’s founding members. She is the manager of the Maaqtusiis Childcare Centre of the Ahousat Education Authority and sits at the Council of her Nation.

Landmarks in Mena’s Pathway are:

    • Indigenous education for early childhood professionals
    • Maaqtusiis ways
    • Intergenerational learning
    • Elders and knowledge keepers
    • Language revitalization
    • Indigenous documentation and storytelling
    • Healing and trauma

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Ahousat, Nuu-chah-nulth Territory | Winter 2020 | GG