B.A. Anthropology (University of Winnipeg ‘18)
Hau Mitakuyape, wambdi mahpiya win miye, Sarah DeLaronde wasicuye. Cante wast’e wahi. Hello relatives, my spirit name is Eagle Cloud Woman and my English name is Sarah DeLaronde. I come here with a good heart.
I am Indigenous woman born in Treaty 5 Territory and raised in Treaty 1 Territory, the Homelands of the Métis Nation. I am a member of Cross Lake Band of Indians. Most importantly, I’m a mom to a little girl named Shayne and partner to a Gwich’in man from Fort McPherson, NT. I’m a ceremonialist, pipe carrier and sundancer.
I recently graduated in June 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Dean’s Honour List. I’ve worked in research, project coordination and advocacy/social services for Indigenous people in different capacities. I utilize Indigenous research methodologies in projects I’ve worked on. Some of my research topics have included: Indigenous spirituality, traditional childbearing and childrearing practices, and Indigenous birth workers.
I believe that going back to traditional ways of living by going back to the land, learning the lost languages and picking up the ceremonies of our ancestors are integral to our survival as Indigenous people. It is important to find the balance between our Ancestral teachings and modern Westernized ways of living and learning.
I understand that my greatest responsibility in this life is to lay the groundwork for a better future for the next generations to come. If not for my child(ren), but for my grandchildren as well.
I love pockets, especially ribbon skirts with pockets. When I’m not working or being a mom, I enjoy sewing, drinking coffee, watching true crime documentaries and going on adventures.
I’m looking forward to adding new skills to my knowledge bundle as the new Project Coordinator for Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research. Kinanaskomitin! Wopida, mitakuye oyasin.