Amy’s Journey

“University has helped me believe in myself.”

I chose to attend university because I want my son to have a positive role model in his life. I am the sole provider for us both, and he is my driving force. On the sleepless nights and days I’ve cried, I have looked at my son and realize that I’m doing this for him.

I didn’t have big aspirations in high school, and it wasn’t until my third year of university, when I met the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, that this really changed. He suggested that I pursue a master’s degree. I suddenly saw my academic career differently, and I applied to do a Master’s of Indigenous Relations program. I knew it was the right path for me. I am currently studying how Ontario’s health care system integrates important Aboriginal cultural practices into its protocols for care.

Postsecondary education has had a huge impact on my life – it is where my healing journey began. It helped me to find my identity, cultural teachings and a connection to my language. It has also given me a great support system that has allowed me to teach my child about the traditional Anishinaabe way of life.

Pursue your passion in life and transform your future – if you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.