Tides Canada (our new Indigenous Communities focus) is on contract with Harbinger to research and advise on small Indigenous grants. They will also write a short report which helps inform us about the effectiveness of a grant. Often this report can only be a qualitative evaluation.
Andrea Derbecker is a Métis woman who is passionate about healing the land and supporting Indigenous sovereignty. She grew up in an urban Indigenous community in Winnipeg MB, where for 8 years, she worked in the Indigenous non-profit sector in various capacities. In 2013, she moved to Toronto to pursue graduate work at the University of Toronto, where she studied Indigenous feminist healing and body-land relationships. This research has recently led her to leave her academic career in pursuit of becoming a body-land healer. Andrea is currently studying acupuncture and herbal medicine in Toronto, ON. She has been a key figure providing guidance, participating in the decision-making and in shaping the Harbinger direction as we move forwards. We are very grateful for the time and energy she has contributed.
Catherine Carpenko is a mental health professional and entrepreneur with extensive business experience. Early in her life she had an opportunity to briefly live with Inuit peoples that left her with a long standing awareness and sensitivity to Indigenous peoples. Since the 1980's she has been living close to the land, including organic farming. She brings to all her endeavours an open-hearted curiosity, resourcefulness and a practical inclination to contribute for the well-being of others and the Earth. She is delighted to have the opportunity to support the work of the Harbinger Foundation.