Melanie Goodchild

Turtle Island Institute

Waterloo, ON

The Indigenous Advisory group then has a pathway to mediate cultural safety for Indigenous peoples who become involved with Ashoka, offering sustained commentary on creating inventive solutions to the reconciliation, diversity and inclusion goals at Ashoka.  Diversity is not a solution, rather it is the first step in a learning journey to co-create and co-generate transformational change. I am honoured to be a part of that journey at Ashoka Canada.

Melanie Goodchild (Waabishkiiwed OgichidaaKwenz-Anang/Waaban-anang), moose clan, is a member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation, also with ancestry in Ketegaunseebee, Couchiching and Aroland First Nations in Northwestern Ontario.  Melanie has an HBA and MA in Sociology and is currently completing her PhD in Social & Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.  She is a Research Fellow at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation & Resilience (WISIR) and the founder of Turtle Island Institute, an Indigenous social innovation think & do tank (a teaching lodge). Melanie is co-designer and co-faculty for the revised Getting to Maybe systems leadership residency program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Turtle Island Institute is a full partner in the delivery of the residency in May 2020. She brings a decolonizing perspective to many change initiatives including REOS Partners, the McConnell Family Foundation, Social Innovation Canada, Centre for Social Innovation, Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, the Banff Centre, Jays Care Foundation, Inspirit Foundation, Centre for First Nations Governance, Reconciliation Canada, Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent University, First Nations Technical Institute, Engineering Change Lab, Food Systems Lab, and NASA’s Earth Sciences Capacity Building Program. She is a member of the Iron Butt Association, riding her Harley-Davidson 1000 miles in 24 hours.