Ann Seymour

Ph.D. Student

Degrees:MBS (SFU), MSW (McGill), BSW (Carleton)

Ann is an Anishinaabe, (Ojibway) from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory located on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.  A doctoral student, Ann is entering her second year of the PhD Social Work program.  Ann believes learning is a lifelong journey, and has graduated from Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology ( Native Social Worker), Lake Superior State University (Bachelor of Science, Human Services), Carleton University ( Bachelor of Social Work), McGill University ( Masters Social Work), University of British Columbia ( Administration Health Community Aboriginal People), and Simon Fraser University (Executive Master Business Administration). Ann is a Certified First Nations Health Manager, and a Registered Social Worker.

Ann’s research, supervised by Kim Matheson, explores a two-eyed seeing approach. A two eyed seeing approach incorporates the use of both Indigenous and Western frameworks and integrating land-based activities to promote mental health and wellness with a goal to eliminate suicide in First Nation communities.

As an inter-generational Indian Residential School trauma survivor, Ann brings over 30 years of social work experience, and her own lived experiences.  Alongside, her supervisor, Ann is keen to learn more about her culture, her people, and is respectful to cultural protocols and ceremonies that will help positively shape the way forward.

Ann’s philosophy is based on the principle that Indigenous people must work with Indigenous people, led by our people, for our people.