CO-DIRECTOR OF FOUR NATIONS COALITION
PROGRAM DESIGNER-CEREMONIAL FACILITATOR AND INSTRUCTOR
ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CONSULTANT
WANMBLI CHANTE WINAN..
Kathryn was raised in the Gitksan (Coast Salish) culture on a remote reservation in Northwest British Columbia, Canada. She is a Chanumpa (Sacred Pipe) Carrier in the Lakota tradition, having apprenticed with the late Grandfather Wallace Black ELk (Lakota) for over seven years.
Kathryn was handed the responsibility of carrying the holy chanumpa and the inipi (sweat lodge) altar by Wallace Black ELk and has dedicated her life to serving Mitakuye Oyasin(All My Relations).
Kathryn has also spent over thirteen years studying Indigenous healing practises and apprenticing under her beloved Brazilan parents, Chore and Clotilde Santos(Canamari nation); Peruvian Healing practises with her Quechuan teacher and lived extensively in Aotearoa with her Maori family.
Kathryn is a much sought after Aboriginal Cultural Consultant, Traditional Knowledge Keeper, educational program planner, outdoor Aboriginal educator and Ceremonial facilitator.
She has recently received a national award for a program she designed and spearheaded for the best traditional Aboriginal Educational program in Canada.
Kathryn currently resides with her family in the Sinixt Territory in the Arrow Lakes region of British Columbia; just outside the town of Nelson. She is a welcome guest of the Sinixt people and adheres to all their sacred laws and protocols while living and working in their H’a H’a Tumxulaux (sacred land).
For more information on the Sinixt Nation please visit www.sinixtnation.org
CO-FOUNDER OF FOUR NATIONS COALITION
Jessica is a passionate teacher-facilitator and indigenous medicines practitioner. Through the mediums of shamanic journeying, sacred art and her traditional medicine practice, Jessica brings to life the very essence of magic present in our world. She graciously teaches us to integrate the sacred into our daily lives through pragmatic application and creative bliss, helping us to honour and celebrate each individual`s role in this intricate and beautiful web of life. Jessica is the co-founder of the Four Nations Coalition of Indigenous Medicines, is a sacred pipe (chanupa) carrier trained through the Lakota lineage of Wallace Black Elk and her teacher Kathryn McCooeye. She enthusiastically facilitates vibrant earth honouring children’s programs, is a trained Birth Doula and has a thriving medicine practice in the Slocan Valley, BC.
Jessica has completed an eight year full-time apprenticeship with Kathryn McCooeye in Indigenous medicines. She has studied in the Amazon Rainforest with the Canamari people, and is a Reiki and Healing Touch practitioner. Her background working with people of all walks is well rounded, from YMCA residential camp counsellor and youth recreation instructor to teacher’s aide at a high risk high needs inner city preschool, to volunteer work at the Calgary Between Friends Club (a program facilitating recreation programs for people with disabilities). She has worked as a care aid to the elderly infirm in England, a scuba dive master in Thailand, and volunteered as a care- giver at a Romanian orphanage. She is also a gifted artist in a wide range of mediums. She is currently studying to become a licensed herbalist, and is deeply committed to serving others, celebrating life, creating beauty and lifelong learning.
PRIMITIVE BUSH SKILLS EXPERT
Mireille’s love for the natural world was deeply seeded as a young child growing up exploring the majestic mountains and rivers of the Kootenay Valley of BC. Observing the injustices of the world, inspired her to dedicate 10 years of her life to social and environmental education and activism across Canada and in various parts of the world. During this process, Mireille realized that the root of the problems she was observing stemmed back to people’s lack of connection to the natural world, one another and themselves. This inspired Mireille to dive into learning about the ancient ways people lived in harmony with the land. This included 6 years of Earth Studies with Four Nations Coalition of Indigenous Medicines, the Anake program at Wilderness Awareness School, Natural Building with The Mud Girls and permaculture classes. Mireille is a sacred pipe (chanunpa) carrier trained through the Lakota lineage of Wallace Black Elk and her teachers Kathryn McCooeye and Jessica Bamford.
Mireille’s love for children has inspired her to co-facilitate earth connection programs with the Four Nations Coalition, worked as the Adventure Based Learning Specialist with Take a Hike Foundation for at risk youth, led Endless Adventures Youth Camp, Assisted at Kids’ Tipi Camp, was a counsellor at YMCA Summer Camps and coached several sports. She is also a member of Nelson Search and Rescue.
Mireille combines her contagious love for nature with her passion of play to help others access their inner child and curiosity to explore the mysteries of how we can use the plants and animals around us in a harmonious way for tools and medicine. She can’t wait to meet you and facilitate opportunities for you to create beautiful relationships and creations with the natural world.
Four Nations staff are supported and held accountable by a counsel of incredible individuals who are caring, professional community members; Lindsay Morris, Suzanne Morris, Fonda Pusey, Janene Stein, Bonnie Vickers, and Kathy Spears. We are also in consultation with the Sinixt Nation in all our endeavours.