Jodi Contin is a highly energetic Anishinaabe Kwe who hails from Wasauksing First Nation. Empowering and lifting up others is one of the ways she holds space to encourage people to find their path to healing. Caregiving comes naturally to Jodi; she has worked in a variety of capacities in the social services industry from being employed as a Child Protection Worker and Family Support Worker and Prevention Services Supervisor. Currently Jodi is a Band Representative for Henvey Inlet First Nation. Through those roles and her volunteer work, she has earned the trust of many. Jodi’s Anishinabek roots and cultural ethical principles shine through in everything she does. Drumming and singing are activities close to her heart. Not only is Jodi a singer and drummer, she’s a renowned drum-maker as well. Previously, she worked as Cultural Coordinator, for the Shawanaga First Nation Healing Centre, and brought together Knowledge Keepers, Elders and grassroots communities to help reclaim culture and identity, which also is one of the many pathways to healing. As a mother to three sons, and Nookmis to Little Joe, family and community are incredibly important to her. Jodi is a respected member of her home community, regional Anishinabek communities along with the Town of Parry Sound. Recently, Jodi has been nominated for the Order of Parry Sound, in January 2021, and recently elected on to the Board of Directors for the Festival of The Sound and is in the productions “Sounding Thunder” and the “Spirit Horse Returns.” Her dedication to community does not go unnoticed. Local leadership has observed and commended the work she puts in towards community and cultural events. This Anishinaabe Kwe has a lot of stories to share about her own journey, many of which will also come with a great sense of humour.