Fern Keeshig is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation (Neyaashiinigmiing), located along the shoreline of the Bruce Peninsula.
Though she currently resides in Ottawa, she enjoys spending the summers with her family back home. Being the youngest of six, she often refers to herself as a forever learner, and a lover of photography and videogames.
Before her move to the public sector, Fern held many roles in areas of hospitality, health and fitness, retail, administration and the service industry. She attributes a great deal of her professional success to her experience in the private sector. As a 2014 alumni from Algonquin College, Fern later went on to graduate from Carleton University with a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science in 2020.
Through her work with the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, she hopes to amplify the successes of Indigenous Peoples from coast to coast, while also challenging the oppressive programs and policies that are currently established. Fern wants to contribute to a world where all her Relations can abundantly rejoice, unite and celebrate in prosperity on their own terms.