Jordan’s Principle ensures all First Nations children can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. It can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs. Jordan’s Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba.
Ryan McKay (WaawaanaadoonMaaeeguun- Howling Wolf)
Ryan is from the Rolling River First Nation where he was born and raised, located in southwestern Manitoba. Ryan was raised by his grandparents from whom he received a vast amount of traditional knowledge and his Anishinaabe language. He is the proud father of 4 daughters and one son in which he spends all of his spare time with. After returning to school in 2006, Ryan went on to attain a college diploma in Aboriginal Community Development & a university degree in Sociology, majoring in Health & Human studies. He has held several different employment opportunities, including Disability counselor, Youth Mentor, Mental Health counselor and Adult Literacy Instructor. Currently, Ryan is the Lead Advocate for the Jordan’s Principle off Reserve advocacy office, working out of the EAGLE Urban Transition Centre for the past 5 years. The office is located in downtown Winnipeg and has assisted thousands of Indigenous families living off reserve looking for different opportunities and assistance.
Michelle is originally from Poplar River First Nation. Her background consists of mixed European ancestry from her father’s side and Anishinaabe from her mother’s side. Poplar River is an isolated community on the east side of Lake Winnipeg and she tries to visit any chance she gets. Michelle is loving her new role as a mom, her daughter turns two in October. She is part of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization team as the Jordan’s Principle Coordinator at SSCY Centre (Specialized Services for Children and Youth) in Winnipeg. Michelle began this position June 2021. Her first experience within Jordan’s Principle was through Southeast Resource Development Council Corp. as an Off-Reserve Case Manager for the last three years as well as numerous years within the social work field. Michelle’s education background consists of Bachelors in Social Work and Education, and she is currently attending the University of Victoria within the Masters of Social Work – Indigenous Specialization program.
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