In honour of the upcoming National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, join us to hear from Judy Pelly, Knowledge Keeper/Cultural Advisor for an informative discussion on her experience as a residential school survivor and why truth and reconciliation is important.
Judy Pelly is a Knowledge Keeper/Cultural Advisor born and raised on Cote First Nation. She is a mother of three sons and a kookom to five grandchildren. Judy was raised with Anishinaabe/Saulteaux cultural traditions, she is a practitioner and attends and participates in her family/community cultural ceremonies. She attended St. Phillips Indian Residential School from age 6-13 years until 1964. Judy received her post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan. She worked with Alberta Learning as Education Manager for 15 years and returned to Saskatoon in 1996 and worked in various capacities with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) institutes. She retired from the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology SIIT as Dean of Community and Health Studies in 2015 after 21 years of service. She now serves as an advisor to many organizations, including the Saskatoon City Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority Mental Health and Addiction Services Adult Outreach. She shares her knowledge of Anishinaabe way of life and protocol help others understand the importance of growing together in communities, businesses, service-industries, schools and homes.