Jackie Anderson has accepted the nomination to join the Winnipeg Police Service’s Indigenous Advisory Council for a two year term.
Jackie has been employed with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre for a total of 16 years and she currently works as the Children in Care Coordinator. She is passionate about her work with children in care, youth engagement, advocacy and program development for trafficked and sexually exploited children and youth. Jackie led the project development of two safe homes for sexually exploited female and two spirited youth called Honoring the Spirits of Our Little Sisters and HOME- Hands of Mother Earth. Additionally, she currently serves in the community as co-chair for the Sexually Exploited Youth Community Coalition in Winnipeg. Jackie Anderson left Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre for a brief period from 2012-2015 where she worked for Family Services as the Provincial Sexual Exploitation Specialist. She is also the former Manitoba Delegate for Senator Romeo Dallaire’s Roundtable on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Aboriginal children and youth. She recently completed a four year term on the Manitoba Status of Woman’s Advisory Council and was honoured for her work in the community in 2016 when she was awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.
Jackie Anderson has worked tirelessly to promote the indigenous worldview in her work with the community. She advocates for the voice of community members to be respectfully acknowledged, valued and incorporated in decision-making processes. Embodying the indigenous values of relationship building and community capacity building, Jackie Anderson has endeavoured to work collaboratively across multiple sectors on social issues, and she has developed meaningful and effective partnerships throughout Manitoba and across Canada. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and a collaborative spirit to ignite real social change for Indigenous peoples.
We are proud to have Jackie Anderson on our team at the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and we look forward to having her be a voice for the community in her new position on the advisory council.