Noreen Demeria is Anishinaabe from Tootinaowaziibeng First Nation in Manitoba.
She holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Calgary and has also attended law school (twice).
She was able to assist with the development, litigation and judicial review of historical claims on behalf of children that had been forced to attend government and church-run Indian Residential Schools. As a result of the work Noreen did with her Elders she developed Bear Spirit Expressive Art and Consulting. Bear Spirit Expressive Arts utilizes art to break through residual effects of intergenerational trauma and systemic barriers by assisting people to find and use creative outlets for self-expression and over the years has worked on a number of social justice and educational undertakings.
More recently, Noreen endeavoured anInterdisciplinary Master of Education program, “Indigenous Education: A Call to Action”, a program that was developed in direct response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) (2015). Currently, Noreen manages a national youth in STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math program for the non profit organization- Actua. Noreen truly believes her current role with Actua is in line with the overall goals and objectives of Reconciliation; acknowledging that Indigenous People have always known about and practiced STEM.
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