Dr. Christy Rochelle Bressette is an Anishinabe parent, student, teacher, and community member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation. She was given the spirit name Neta Noo-Ke Kwe (Hard-Working-Woman) from her grandfather, the late Elder David Bressette.
Christy has earned three degrees from Western University – a BA’95 Honours History (Brescia); BEd’96 – ‘With Distinction’; and PhD’08. She also has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of British Columbia (2000). In 2008, she defended her doctoral dissertation, Understanding Success in Community First Nation Education Through Anishinabe Meno-Bimaadziwin Action Research, making her one of the first Indigenous women at the University of Western Ontario to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Studies.
Christy is an educator within provincial public schools, First Nation schools, and within several Canadian universities. She is an active supporter of initiatives that serve to empower Indigenous youth and reestablish the ‘value’ of education for Indigenous families whose perspectives of such have been marred due to the oppressive legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools.
Over the past two decades, Christy has served in a variety of educational leadership capacities, such as the National Coordinator of Indigenous Education at the Council of Ministers of Education Canada; Special Advisor to the Paul Martin Family Initiative; Board Governor with Lambton College; Indigenous Trustee with the Lambton Kent District School Board; and a longstanding member and former Chairperson of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation Education Committee.
On March 1, 2021, Christy was installed as Western University’s first Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Initiatives where she leads work to implement Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan informed by the wisdom, knowledge, values and worldviews of Indigenous people, with a goal for “Reconciliation through Education” in close collaboration with all members of the learning community and beyond.