Sherri Denysuik is Anishinaabe from Sagkeeng First Nation, Treaty One. Her current role in Seven Oaks is Divisional Lead of Indigenous Education. For nine years prior to this, Sherri has been a School Administrator in all areas; early, middle and high school. Her educational journey is grounded in family, community and culture. Her mother, Elder Mary Courchene, was instrumental in inspiring Sherri to become a teacher and for the past ten years she has been privileged to have Mary work alongside her.
Her knowledge of Indigenous history, culture, ways of knowing and learning has deepened in part through her leadership in the division and also through her connections with Indigenous community resources and organizations. She has extended this leadership into a variety of Indigenous provincial committees past and current CIEM, ACE, AVAC, AEDAC and the Manitoba Aboriginal Language Strategy Group and Indigenous Educators Working Group for CMHR. A current focus involves support for the K-5 Ojibwe Bilingual Program at Riverbend School and coordinating the Community Based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (CATEP). Sherri has worked to build a strong and growing Indigenous Cultural Exploration Student Group for all the high schools. She has been Chair and lead organizer of the Seven Oaks Annual Graduation Pow Wow since 2009 which has grown to include more than 20 Pow Wow clubs and an annual participation of more than 1500 children, youth, families as well as the Indigenous pow wow community.
Sherri is passionate about Indigenous Inclusion in all areas of education. She believes that education will improve the lives of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people and is hopeful that it will lead the way to reconciliation with non-Indigenous people based on mutual respect, understanding, acknowledgement and validation of Indigenous ways of being, knowing and learning.
Please contact Sherri at firstname.lastname@example.org