Julia Wabie is an Algonquin Anishiinaabe Kwe from Wolf Lake First Nation. She is a shining example of an emerging leader to other young women in both indigenous and non-indigenous communities. At the age of thirteen, she completed a traditional year-long berry fast, which allowed her to practice self-discipline. From a young age, Julia understood the importance of community service. She was a member & facilitator for the Niwapeten, N’peten Youth Mentorship Circle, an aboriginal Girls’ Gift Retreat participant turned leader, Student Advisory council member for the Minister’s Student Advisory Council, and has volunteered extensively in the community as a woman hand drummer.
During her years in the Midwifery Program at Laurentian University, she was a mentor for 1st year students and also participated in the Indigenous Student’s Circle (student association). Due to a demanding schedule, Julia decided to take a year off from the Midwifery Program to further her education in Indigenous Studies and Women’s Studies at Laurentian University. She is also working with the Director of the Midwifery Program on a publication detailing the experience of women working in an on-call profession.
Julia is highly dedicated to honouring, respecting and preserving indigenous cultural practices. She is an accomplished Young Woman who is often described as having an “old soul”. Her warmth, friendliness paired with her high motivation and ambition undoubtedly makes her a Woman of Distinction.
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