For over 20 years Jan has been reminding us not only of those who were once here but of those who are still here. As a First Nations woman herself, she has been supporting the First Nations, Me’tis and Inuit community to have a voice by sharing authentic information about their history. Jan does this locally and globally as teacher/learner, storyteller, drummer, singer and First Nations culture keeper. Here in Guelph she is frequently seen at opening ceremonies providing the traditional welcome and territorial acknowledgement. Jan is also a Family Literacy Coordinator and Women’s Group Facilitator at Action Read as well as a support for the Aboriginal Resource Centre at the University of Guelph. She will be teaching First Nations culture and traditions in both school systems this year. Jan passionately and humbly believes that she is doing what she is meant to be doing in this lifetime and is grateful for our communities acceptance. We are grateful to you too Jan!