Banakonda Kennedy-Kish (Bell):
My name is Awnjibinayseekwe Banakonda Kennedy-Kish (Bell). I am Bear Clan, and third degree Midewiwin. I was born on the outskirts of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I am an Ojibway woman with Irish descent informed by Anishinaube Midiiwin ceremonies, teachings, and cultural ways. As an Elder, cultural advisor, traditional practitioner and teacher, I honour, respect, and feel gratitude for my teachers, my family, and community. I am an educator and Elder with Wilfrid Laurier University where I co-authored with Ben Carniol, Raven Sinclair and Donna Baines the book: Case Critical: Social Services and Social Justice in Canada (2017).