Zoongi Gabowi Ozawa Kinew Ikwe, Grandmother Mary Maytwayashing

Anishinaabe Nation, Animozibeeng (Lake Manitoba) First Nation
Mary Maytwayashing (Zoongi Gabawi Ozawa Kinew Ikwe, Strong Standing Golden Eagle Woman) is from the Lake Manitoba First Nation (Animozibeeng – Dog Creek). Mary is an Anishinaabe Grandmother who leads Traditional Ceremonies. Mary’s western educational background is Social Work. Mary’s professional career has been in the areas of Addictions/Substance Abuse, Corrections, Child Welfare and Education. Mary’s greatest learning has come from the Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom Holders with whom, she has had the privilege of working with. Mary has had the fortune of working with people from all walks of life. Mary’s passion continues to be in assisting and educating people about the Original and Ancient ways of the First People to these lands. Mary has facilitated along side Grandmothers and Elders teaching young girls and women on the Rites of Passage teachings, Makoose Ka Win (Little Bear Teachings).  Mary’s inspiration comes from experiencing and seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they learn the Teachings of their people. Mary believes that we are all born and gifted with a purpose. As humans we need to find what our purpose is. This can be done through our ceremonies and teachings. Mary continues to live her purpose by honoring and facilitating the teachings and sharing with the people.
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