Shawn Charlebois – Founder / Operator
Thank you for sharing your time with me by coming here.
I started this company as a way of creating a positive environment that promotes Land Based experience and Indigenous focused teaching / learning. A place where the 7 Sacred teachings are taught and followed. A place where Indigenous culture can be celebrated and shared in an honest way with all those who wish to learn and / or teach. A place where romantic ideas and images regarding Indigenous peoples are challenged; a place where skills and practice are equally blended so that participants leave with the knowledge needed to survive in the 21st century.
As a person of mixed heritage (French Acadian Mi’kmaq) I have always had a strong connection to the land, my family and the teachings of my Elders. In times of struggle it was these three things that allowed me to heal and find life balance. I recognized however, that in order for me to be happy, I needed to be able to navigate successfully between “traditional” and “contemporary” knowledge and experience. My hope is to share this approach with all those who are interested.
Education / Experience
Over 25 years experience working in Indigenous Education, Employment and Training, Interdisciplinary Masters Degree in Indigenous Studies, Applied Anthropology and History with a specialization in Community Based Programming, Part-Time Instructor for University College of the North with focus on Indigenous studies and Canadian history as well as Indigenous focused counselling; currently hold position with Prairie Mountain Health as the Supervisor for Indigenous Human Resources.
An equal partner in a loving relationship for over 24 years. We have two wonderful sons.
Joseph McIvor (Coordinator / Consultant)
As a Metis from Central Manitoba I have worked and volunteered in the area of education and employment for numerous years, particularly within an indigenous framework.
My journey on the Red Road has taken me throughout Northern Manitoba and Western Canada working with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organizations.
I have, and continue to be a strong advocate of education and understand its major
importance as a social determinant of health and well being.
As a consultant with Red Road Compass I work in the development and facilitation of workshops within an ecological perspective.
I hold a degree in Social Work with focus on vocational rehabilitation.
(Coordinator / Consultant)
Aniin, Tansi, Welcome
I would like to introduce myself as a Anishinaabe Ikwe from Mina’igoziibiing First Nation (Pine Creek First Nation). I am 30 years old. My English name is Michelle Denise Gambler. My Indigenous name is Walking Butterfly Woman. I am a mother of a 12 year old daughter. I have 4 sisters and 1 brother. I grew up in Dauphin, Mb from the age of 4; the daughter of a Residential School survivor and that’s to say the least.
I have endured many trials and tribulations in my young life and I hope that my experience will influence others to find and/or stay on the Red Road.
Michelle Budiwski (Social Media Rep)
Michelle Budiwski is a political and social activist in Western Manitoba with a multi-platform network consisting of radio, TV, internet and podcast venues dedicated to providing real and uncensored discussions on local, regional, national and global areas of concern and interest! Originally from Northern Manitoba, growing up in a family with mixed indigenous and french heritage, Michelle is a recovering addict and advocates on behalf of the mental health, addictions and suicide prevention community for resources and awareness.
Her local ‘Real Westman’ channel can be found on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram and is operated as a not for profit division of her corporation, Budiwski Holdings Inc and was designed to help local businesses, organizations and community groups raise awareness and funding throughout the Western Manitoba region and her national YouTube channel, and Podcasts on www.kickfm.ca, https://funetwork.tv with Steven Kerzner (aka Ed the Sock) and Radio Show (Real Talk with Colin and Michelle) on Amherst Island radio brings a rural Manitoba perspective to issues impacting us from the rest of the country and around the globe. Michelle was a finalist in 2019 for Woman Business Owner of the Year with Women Business Owners of Manitoba and in the same year was awarded the Aboriginal Entrepreuneur of the Year Aware by IANE Westman (Interprovincial Association on Native Employment)
An author, motivational speaker, mentor and instructor for adult education, Michelle is passionate about mental health, education, addictions and community activism. With a passion for public speaking and adult education, Michelle shares her experiences, education and training with groups across the country and with a certificate in both Meditation and Hatha yoga teaching brings a unique Eastern-meets-Manitoba philosophy to mental and physical health to the region.
Shawn Emory Wiggins (IT Consultant)
May better technology be a means of better connection – not just a purpose unto itself.
I work for Red Road Compass as their technology lead to assist in better fleshing out the vision that Shawn Charlebois has, and attempts to expresses, either through the use of his website or videos we make together.
Everything we use is just a different form of hammer, that will be used to either build or demolish the relationships around us. My purpose is to be a form of grease or catalyst that either teaches how or directly uses the technology available to me to better connect people and strengthen whatever form my community takes.
Education / Experience
I have worked twenty plus years in the information technology business. From building my own computers and networks to doing on phone tier one support for a major shipping company and their software and website. My focus when I am working is on troubleshooting and finding a solution, while offering empathy. If I can – try and predict any issues that may come up!!
Having some university courses helped with my teaching a wall climbing at a summer camp, and facilitating a business applications class at UCN Swan River. My day job is in the humans resources department for Prairie Mountain Health, where I have duties in disability management and workplace health and safety – as I am also a certified Fit Tester.
An equal partner in a loving relationship for just over 18 years. We have a curious daughter.