Mary Wabano-McKay

Vice-President Nyaagaaniid – Anishinaabe Initiatives, Equity and Student Success
Algoma University

Meet Mary:

Mary Wabano-McKay is OMushkego Anishinaabe and a member of Attawapiskat First Nation and hails from the northern Ontario community of Moosonee. Her work experience spans across education, health and social policy. With over 20 years of experience in academic leadership and a strong focus in Indigenous education.  Working with Indigenous advisory councils, she continues to lead in Indigenous Education, community outreach, student success and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Mary is devoted to decolonizing spaces and advancing Reconciliation, working to develop strong relationships between the university and various stakeholders in the community to continue the journey of healing.  Her lived experience as an Indigenous woman and first generation Residential School survivor guides her both personally and professionally. Her approach to her work is  grounded in Anishinaabe Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Three Fires Midewiwin and her understanding of our inherent responsibilities to the earth and to one another.  

Mary holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Laurentian University) and Master of Social Work Degree

(Carleton University) as well as designation as a Master Trainer for the Mental Health Commission of Canada in the MHFA First Nations program and Trainer for both MHFA Youth and MHFA First Nation programs. She also serves on the board of the Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre and ACTUA, a national STEM charity.

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