Christine is a proud Red River Métis woman. She grew up in the north end of Winnipeg in a large family. Christine overcame the obstacles of poverty by focusing on education. As a single mother, she finished high school with honours then graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts (major in Native Studies and a minor in Chemistry).
She has worked at the University of Manitoba for 23 years. In her most current role – Associate Vice-President (Indigenous), she is responsible for students, community, and cultural integration. She is actively involved in strategic planning, cultural education, and advocating for the disruption of anti-Indigenous racism.
Some of that community work has included volunteering with several Boards and committees, including sitting as Chair of the United Way of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Relations Council, member of United Way’s Board of Trustees, Chair of the Circle on Aboriginal People and Philanthropy’s 3rd Annual All My Relations Gathering, and Vice-Chair of Career Trek.
In 2014, Christine received the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award as well as the Service Award from the University of Manitoba for her outstanding work in the field of Indigenous education and for her commitment to the community.
In 2015, Christine was one of only nine Manitobans selected to attend the Governor General’s Leadership Conference and spent 16 days travelling across Canada learning about governance, economies, cultures, businesses and other sectors.
Christine is a traditional woman who attends, participates in, and leads ceremonies. She lives in Winnipeg surrounded by her husband, four children and eight grandchildren.