My name is Ashley Wolfe, and my traditional name is White Thunderbird Woman. My maternal line comes from Peguis First Nation, (modern day Selkirk and St. Peter’s, Manitoba), I currently reside in the community of Garson, in the RM of Brokenhead, and I am Wolf Clan. I am also German, my maternal Grandfather was born in Dittersbach, Germany and came to Canada by ship, through Montreal, before resettling in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I am also a German language speaker. My father's side is all Irish, briefly residing in Saint John, New Brunswick, from Belfast and County Cork, Ireland, before resettling in Winnipeg as well.
I am the acting Co-ordinator for KisKinHaMaKiWin, and I am currently in the last year of my Undergraduate Degree. Once complete, I will have my Advanced Bachelor of Arts Degree, Majoring in Indigenous Studies, Minoring in History. My focus with the program is working to decolonize education through Land-based learning, working with Youth and Elders, and bringing awareness of the importance of water through an Indigenous Knowledges perspective. Through the KisKinHaMaKiWin program, I am able to work with communities showing them how accessible water testing within the community is, and to encourage our next generation of land and water protectors through hands on experience.
Tanjina Tahsin - Environmental Science
Tanjina Tahsin, belongs to the land of rivers: Bangladesh, a country in South Asia. She has completed her master’s degree from the University of Manitoba and Kis Kin Ha Ma Ki Win-Learning science through land initiative gave her the platform to explore the role of land-based camps that are simultaneously grounded in the science and Indigenous Knowledge on facilitating youth understanding and action regarding the environment, as a part of her master’s thesis.
Currently, she is working as a Biological Technician for Kis Kin Ha Ma Ki Win. Being a part of the initiative allows her to work with different Indigenous communities across Manitoba. All these experiences motivate her to work with Indigenous people, especially youth and learn from Indigenous knowledge keepers.
Besides, she has a B.S. (Honours) and master’s degree in Soil, Water and Environment from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her study and research over there were focused on environmental chemistry especially on contamination (heavy metals). Therefore, she enjoys working with laboratory equipment, chemical reagents and finding out the facts and reason behind any concern or contamination.
She has contributed in writing community reports summarizing the scientific test results conducted on the land-based camps in an accessible and simplistic language. She hopes to continue her work of integration and developing ways to better facilitate science communication.