Wendy McNab is a Cree/Salteaux woman from the Treaty 4 Area (Gordons First Nation, Cowessess First Nation and Peepeekisis First Nation) in Saskatchewan. She is the mother of son Justice. For over 10 years Wendy has worked collaboratively with others to create spaces of learning, sharing, listening and educating herself and others about the former policy enforced, Indian Residential Schools of Canada through organizing and participating in community forums, panel discussions, conference presentations and digital storytelling of survivors and their families. Wendy has contributed, collectively with her digital storytelling sisters, two chapters; “nimâmâsak: The Legacy of First Nations Women Honouring Mothers and Motherhood,” in Mothers of the nations: Indigenous mothering as global resistance, reclaiming and recovery; and Authentic Connections Among Daughters of Residential School Survivors Reconciliation and the Way Forward: Collected Essays and Personal Reflections. Correspondingly has worked for over 10 years, with post-secondary students, faculty and staff, and First Nations communities.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Winnipeg in Conflict Resolution Studies, a certificate in Aboriginal Focusing-Orientated Therapy and Complex Trauma from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Now, Wendy is completing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Winnipeg.
Since 2014, Wendy has been the Coordinator for the Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (PEKE) project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) Pathways program, housed at the Nanaandawewigamig First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba in Winnipeg.