Director of Indigenous Affairs
Yolanda is a member of Whitesand First Nation, located in the traditional territory of the Robinson Superior Treaty, Yolanda is passionate about health, education and community. She brings a vast array of knowledge and skills that will support growth and a positive organizational culture to NOSM and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Education in Educational Studies. A committed lifelong learner, Yolanda has dedicated herself to the advancement of learners at all levels of the education. Notably she held several positions at Lakehead University in the Office of Indigenous Initiatives from recruitment, retention to senior leadership.
Yolanda has a diverse background in areas of governance, policy, politics and served as her First Nation Band Councillor. The many years spent in Northern Ontario have laid the foundation for a profound interest in the north and the challenges and rewards faced by communities. Yolanda brings a wealth of knowledge of research and analysis of local, provincial and national policies, programs and initiatives affecting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous children, families and Elders.
Reporting directly to the Associate Dean, Equity and Inclusion the Director of Indigenous Affairs acts as primary liaison between NOSM, Indigenous groups, communities and stakeholders, provides leadership in Indigenous issues, facilitates resources, as well as cultural and community support learners, faculty and staff.
You can reach Yolanda Wanakamik at IA.Director@nosm.ca