Term Expiring 2023 (Advisory Committee Chair)
Courtney is a researcher, policy development consultant, and a Cayuga language student. She is a research fellow with the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nations-led governance think tank at the Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University. She has led policy development for the public sector at local, provincial, and national levels, with a specific focus on youth development, and ending violence against Indigenous women, girls, queer, Trans, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit people. Her work focuses on re-imagining traditional approach to policy development in order to meet the diverse needs of Indigenous communities.
Her past project’s include creating a framework for youth development, a strategy co-developed with indigenous partners to transform the governance design, and delivery of child and family services, and a strategy to end violence against Indigenous women. Courtney is passionate about making sure communities are heard in policy development, and strives to end all forms of colonial violence experienced by Indigenous peoples by entrenching deep commitment to rights and jurisdiction.