31 May

Boozhoo, Aaniin, Kwey Kwey! My name is Jaida Ponce (she/they) and I am a Kichi Siibi Niizi Mnidoo Anishinaabe from Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. I’ve been living in Nogojiwanong/ Peterborough for most of my life.I’ve been teaching and growing in Indigenous Knowledges all my life. Growing up my family immersed me in as many community learning opportunities as they could. I've had the chance to learn anishinaabemowin throughout school, participate in ceremonies, learn to dance, sing, and drum, and care for manoomin (wild rice). My community has shaped me.I have always been taught that the teachings I carry are not mine alone and I have a responsibility to pass them on. 

Currently, I coordinate, create, and teach various beading projects and Indigenous workshops to organizations as a facilitator independently. I also create custom beaded jewelry.I’ve worked at TRACKS Youth Program in various roles for 4 years consecutively and this will be my 4th summer as the Oshkwazin Trailblazer Supervisor. 

Every year I’m excited to continue the important work TRACKS facilitates and inspires STEM, leadership, and bimaadiziwin in our future youth leaders. I’m looking forward to another wonderful summer filled with fun and growth!