Tayohseron:tye Nikki Auten is Mohawk from Tyendinaga from the Turtle Clan. She is a mother of three beautiful young people and is currently residing in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough). She has been actively involved in her community in various areas of volunteerism including Ohero:kon – Rites of Passage, and Ratinenhayenthos Seed Sanctuary and Learning Centre.
Nikki is a certified teacher, specializing in Mohawk language, and is currently attending Trent University in the second year of her Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies program. She is also a Teacher Assistant in the Introduction to Indigenous Environmental Studies course at Trent.
Nikki is employed through Farms at Work as the manager of the Flint Corn Community Project (FCCP) in Peterborough, ON. The FCCP is a joint collaboration between Farms at Work, Trent University and TRACKS that works to revitalize Haudenosaunee Flint Corn that has been in storage for more than 20 years. The project also engages youth, volunteers and the general public with Haudenosaunee knowledge, science and stories about this ancient method of planting and the importance of continuing with Indigenous food systems in North America.