Carmen Wiigwaas Craig is from Pemdashkoodyong, Lake of Burning Planes, referred to today as Hiawatha First Nation on Rice Lake in Ontario. She is Michi Saagii Nishnaabe, Irish, and Welsh on her father’s side and Dutch and Irish on her mother’s side. She is a member of the Crane Clan which means that she has leadership responsibilities to fulfill and continues to learn about those responsibilities every day. She currently lives on the territory of the Lekwungen peoples and is grateful for their stewardship and continued protection of the lands and waters.
Carmen has a diploma in creative writing from Camosun College, a B.A. in linguistics with a focus on language revitalization and acquisition from the University of Victoria, and is currently working on her M.Ed in Indigenous language revitalization at the University of Victoria. Carmen is passionate about linguistic and cultural resurgence and learning that is accessible to everyone. She is a lifelong and current learner of her language, Nishnaabemwin, and has built curriculum, materials, and lesson plans for adult language learners. She has also worked with Elders and Old Ones through Camosun College, worked in settler education and anti-racism training at the University of Victoria Libraries, and taught English as an additional language overseas in Ukraine, China, and Korea.
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