Meet our Team
Founder & Project Manager
Denise Miller (age 27) from the Cayuga Nations & Wolf Clan. Denise grew-up and lives in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory but has also spent 5 years living in Peterborough, Ontario for school. She is currently finishing her undergrad degree at Trent University in Indigenous Studies and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems. Denise also has completed a diploma in Foundations of Indigenous Learning at Trent and the Organic Farmer Certificate at IAP Career College. Her background in youth work & Indigenous education has motivated her to develop Revitalizing Our Sustenance Project to help other youth learn about sustainable food systems & enjoy the outdoors!
Cultural & Agricultural Advisor
Amanda General is Seneca Nation Turtle Clan of the Hodinohsyo:ni and resides in Six Nations of the Grand River. Amanda began learning language at 5 years old, being one of the very first students to attend the Cayuga/Mohawk Immersion known as First Language Academy in 1985 which later became Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Private School, and in 1999 was the very first high school graduates from Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo. Her post-secondary education in Indigenous Language Revitalization (UVIC), Native Social Worker (F.N.T.I/St. Lawrence), and Ogwehoweh Language Diploma (MAC), while having a family of my own. Amanda now works at Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo for the past 9 years in the following positions; Cayuga language Teacher in both Elementary and High School and currently as the Guidance / Social Development Counsellor. As the Cultural Coordinator provides the opportunity to assist and nurture students to enhance their overall well-being and create a balance within self. Cultural, Language and Traditions run deep within her family of origin. Parents and Other knowledge Carriers have showed Amanda the different means of connections we hold to the natural world, and how important it is to maintain these connections through traditional practices. Her hope is to pass along what she has learned from elders to the younger ones who will carry it forward!
Research & Resource Developer
Hattie Edwards is a wolf clan member of the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, and a graduate of the Indigenous Environmental Science/Studies Program at Trent University. The Indigenous Environmental and Sciences Studies program deepened her knowledge and skills in Indigenous food systems, agriculture and ecological design. In addition, Hattie has worked within her community alongside many elders learning bio-dynamic farming and traditional medicine. She currently volunteers with Onkwe, a not-for-profit agricultural youth group within her community of Akwesasne. In her career, Hattie has worked in the not-for-profit sector; working primarily with Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Hattie's experience in project management and a haudenesosaunee knowledge keeper has been with the Nogojiwanong Youth Solidarity Initiative, Green Communities Canada and the Sacred Water Circle as the Youth for Water Program coordinator. As the Youth for Water program coordinator, Hattie was able to work in and advance her career in water sustainability, water policy and within Indigenous communities. For Hattie, life is a gift and every day is an opportunity to create positive relationships that will promote change.
Erin Hayward (Hill) (age 27) Erin is Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) on her paternal side and mixed European (Irish, British & German) on her mothers side, born and raised in Scarborough Ontario. Her biological paternal family is traditionally from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory; displaced by the child welfare system. Erin has been a participant and advisor to food systems projects including the Community Flint Corn Project and the Food Matters Action Toolkit created by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Erin is passionate about science, Kanyen’keha (The Mohawk Language), hunting, fishing, and tending to Haudenosaunee seed and community relationships.
High School Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Jessa Laight is from the Mohawk Nation of Six Nations of the Grand River. She is a mother of two funny and caring children. She is a language learner, craftsperson, seamstress, and teacher. Jessa attended Indigenous Studies at Trent University where she also completed her Bachelors of Education. Jessa is also a recent graduate from the University of Western Ontario in the Masters of Professional Education program where she focused on engaging Haudenosaunee youth in cultural learning opportunities.
Graphic Designer & Communications
Denneil Annett is 32 years old and resides on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is part of the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan. She has completed her Undergraduate in Psychology and has been applying her skills and knowledge at the Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) Program for the last 5 years teaching kids & families emotional regulation and problem solving. In this role, Denneil spent a lot of time building the program; planning and creating programs as well as resources and murals. Denneil is currently in the process of applying for another degree to further her education in the field. Outside of work, Denneil enjoys spending her free time in the arts and has been focusing a lot of her attention on Photography & Videography through her small business, Eternal Sunshine Photography. She has collaborated with local Indigenous artists & small businesses to help capture their work through video and photos. Denneil is excited to join the Revitalizing Our Sustenance team to learn more about sustainable agriculture and share this knowledge through educational videos. She does not have a lot of experience within this field but believes this will be a huge learning opportunity for her.
Revitalizing our Sustenance Project
Located in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
Located in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory