Born and raised in northern Manitoba, Vanessa Tait is proud of her roots as a Two-spirited Ithinew Iskwew from O-pipon-na-piwin Cree Nation – South Indian Lake, Manitoba. Vanessa has her Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development degree from University of Winnipeg. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba (2012) and has also completed the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program from Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia (2011). In 2014, Vanessa achieved the designation of Certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).
Vanessa participates actively in knowledge exchange and has attended and presented at numerous conferences. She is community leader, as demonstrated by her involvement as Co-founder of Manitoba Moon Voices Inc., a non-profit Indigenous women’s organization. She has also served on the Board of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando). She also has volunteered for student groups, community committees, and continues to be a helper in her journeys. Vanessa visited the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development in Hopuhopu, New Zealand where she had the opportunity to build relationships, participate and learn from the Māori community as part of her International Field Placement requirement for her Masters program.
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