Andrea Landry is Anishinaabe from Pawgwasheeng (Pays Plat First Nation) but currently resides on Treaty Six territory in Poundmaker Cree Nation. She is a mother, a certified LifeSkills Coach through Red Echo Associates, and teaches for the University of Regina/First Nations University for the Indigenous Social Work program. She holds a Masters in Communications and Social Justice from the University of Windsor. She was formerly engaged with international Indigenous politics at the UN level, traveling the globe to find justice in community level issues. Yet her real passion lies in her work in the areas of Indigenous kinship systems, grief and recovery, suicide prevention, and community healing. Her life right now is focused on the path of motherhood and healthy parenting as she raises her daughter, River-Jaxsen, alongside her partner. She is also available for speaking engagements and for workshops on a variety of topics for young people and adults.
Andrea Landry believes that the route to healing from colonialism comes from the heart work that most people avoid in our communities and through how one chooses to raise their children. Through forgiveness, overcoming colonial systems being seen as a means for solutions, and prioritizing indigenous ways of being over colonial ways of being, Andrea believes our communities can become as healthy as they were prior to colonization. For our nations to thrive, we must thrive as parents, families, and communities.