The Aboriginal Liaison unit, under the Office of the City Clerk, plays a lead role in establishing relationships within the City’s growing urban aboriginal community as well as with those organizations, agencies and groups representing and serving the Aboriginal community within the City.

The unit works within the Corporation to raise awareness and understanding of the cultural protocols and sensitivities involved in engaging with and serving the Aboriginal community.

Meet the staff:

 

Ann Magiskan, Aboriginal Liaison

Ann Magiskan, a Lac Seul First Nation band member, is a long-time resident of the City of Thunder Bay. She studied bookkeeping at Confederation College in the early 90's, and then joined the Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) to work in the Native Heritage Program. It was here that she became fully immersed in all aspects of indigenous history, culture, teachings and world views, learning from respected community elders and in turn sharing this rich history and way of being with students, employees and visitors who passed through the Park during her 16 years as a living history interpreter. Ann then moved on to the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board to work as its Aboriginal Outreach Coordinator and worked with all levels of the school board, the broader community of Thunder Bay including businesses and organizations as well as directly with families to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to education. Ann joined the Aboriginal Liaison Unit with the City of Thunder Bay in June 2013 in the role of Aboriginal Liaison. Ann has been happily married for 26 years and has been blessed with 3 beautiful children who have continued to shower her with gifts from the Creator over the past five years. These gifts are her 3 beautiful grandchildren who help to keep her grounded and have brought and continue to bring so much happiness to her.

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