Andrea True Joy Fox, is a Niistitapiyaakii (Blackfoot woman), a certified teacher with Alberta Education, an Indigenous researcher, a visual artist, a performing artist and the host of Talks With A Fox podcast. She is honoured to carry her maternal grandmother Isabel Healy’s Blackfoot name, Piiksipitaakii, Bird Old Woman. Andrea has enjoyed the challenging and rewarding journey of being an Indigenous educator as a teacher and district principal.
Andrea is from the Kainai Nation and a certified teacher with Alberta Education, currently working on her M.A. She has had the privilege of teaching at all grade levels (K-12) and guest lecturing at the University of Lethbridge and Gonzaga University. Her journey as a Teacher, District Principal of Indigenous Education, Indigenous Education Consultant and Indigenous Researcher has contributed to changes in education systems, and also enriched her understanding of how students learn, adapt and persevere. Andrea’s application of lifelong learning has informed her leadership in education. She would like to acknowledge her Blackfoot heritage, her family, and elders that have helped her become the teacher, leader, and lifelong learner she is today. Andrea believes in nurturing our curiosities, healing ourselves through wellness, and keeping our imaginations alive so that we can remain young at heart as teachers and connect with the children, youth and elderly in our communities.
In today’s episode, Andrea shares:
- Listeners may appreciate discovering the injustices and inequities that occur in education for Indigenous people and students, including educators.
- Why it is necessary to examine what has occurred previously and what we can do differently now and better as educators.
- Andrea hopes to bring awareness of how education systems have both failed and nurtured Indigenous students and how educators can learn from the past so they can become informed and do things right as educators
Andrea’s career in education and leadership has provided her with many opportunities to work in various Indigenous communities and school districts. Andrea believes that all educators need to invest in establishing healthy, open and trusting relationships with the Indigenous communities in order to establish respectful relationships with Indigenous parents, and families. She is very passionate about integrating wellness education through her teaching practices and in her leadership roles. Her passion shines through brightly in her episode today, and teaches us so many extremely important lessons.
Would you like to be a guest on the SHE SPEAKS Podcast, or a contributor on the SHE SPEAKS blog? We’d love to receive your application! Apply here!
So you wanna write a book, eh? We know it’s overwhelming to think about where to start, or how to narrow down ALL the ideas you have in your mind! Click here to download your FREE guide to choosing your theme and creating the framework for your story! Trust us, it will help!
Thanks for being a part of our community! Please remember to leave us a 5-star rating & review so we can help more Canadian Womxn spread her message even farther! And share share share! If you loved this episode, please share it on your social media and tag us @thegreatcanadianwoman on Facebook & Instagram!
The Great Canadian Woman inc.™ Team