Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin.
Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin is Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawake, adopted during the sixty scoop, Bear Clan. She has been working at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal since 2007. In 2008, she completed her B.A. in Human Relations/ Sociology from Concordia University followed soon after with a Certificate in Personal & Professional Coaching. She provides housing assistance through the Welcoming Fire outreach program. Tealey is vice- president of the Board of Directors with the Montreal Indigenous NETWORK. She co- founded and chaired the Homelessness working committee, which developed the Indigenous Street Worker Project that supports the street population in Milton Park/Plateau area. She works closely with the McGill faculty of Medicine and Pediatrics at M.C.H. Offering her experiences and teachings through workshops and presentations, she brings her knowledge and cultural teachings to high schools. colleges and community centers and facilitates the KAIROS Blanket Exercise internationally. She supports and offers Zoom gatherings for Indigenous adoptees nationally, facilitates talking circles with the LGBTQ2S Indigenous youth and women as well as providing Four direction support for the Urban Indigenous community. Bee keeping and spreading knowledge about her personal experiences through storytelling, informing and educating people on the importance of the Honey Bee has ben a passion of hers since 2015. Her other interests include beading, and indigenous crafting as well as participating in Traditional ceremonies, Sweat Lodge ceremonies (Fire keeper), drumming and signing. Tealey speaks of family and community being the heart of the nation, and strives to increase awareness for all in how we communicate, build relationships with each other and learn to live in harmony with all and the natural world.