Waawaashkeshi'ikwens (also known as Josephine Hartin) is an Anishinaabe woman from Bigaawinashkoziibing (also known as Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation). She is a third degree Midewiwin person who is proud to live a drug, alcohol and smoke free life for her children and grandchildren. She brings more than 20 years of classroom experience in education.
Mrs. Hartin currently serves her home community as Vice-Principal at Ginew School. Ginew School's mission is to provide a culturally relevant education to Anishinaabe students. As a long time teacher at Ginew, Mrs. Hartin has worked to include Anishinaabe perspectives and teachings into all subjects for kindergarten and grades 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8. As the former Ojibwe Language and Culture teacher, she has designed and delivered culturally relevant curriculum to all Ginew School Students from nursery to grade 8.
Waawaashkeshi'ikwens relies upon her 20 years of learning as a Midewiwin, the love and lessons passed down from her mother, father and her eight older siblings, and the many gifts shared with her by her community and all her relations. 18 years ago, Mrs. Hartin founded the Annual Gathering of Friends Education Celebration, to give back by providing other teachers and students the opportunity to share in the wealth of Anishinaabe culture, to contribute to an ever-increasing repository of local expertise, and to re-establish our role as hosts in our community.