Sean Vanderklis is Mississauga from Curve Lake First Nation. However, he was born and raised in Niagara. Sean has a strong connection to the Indigenous community of the Niagara Region and more specifically the Niagara Regional Native Centre (NRNC). Sean has often described himself as a friendship centre baby. As such, he is actively involved with the Indigenous community in various roles. He is the former President of the NRNC Board of Directors. He has also sat on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres as well as the National Association of Friendship Centres.
Most recently though, Sean is the Recipient of the 2020 CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships. The award aims to foster better comprehension of Indigenous issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets.
Sean Vanderklis can also be seen on the Pow Wow trail throughout the Pow Wow season. Sean is a Grass Dancer and frequently participates in Pow Wows. In the off-season, Sean is often doing presentations with two educational cultural groups; Ohnia:kara and White Pine Dancers
Sean’s worldview has been shaped by his various leadership roles. It is that worldview that Sean brings to the table when discussing the topics. through this platform, the podcast: 1 Dish, 1 Mic
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