Native Community Worker – Addictions Counselor, 2002
Co-founder / Coordinator / Executive Director, National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network
Colleen Hele-Cardinal is the daughter of a residential school survivor, a ’60s scoop adoptee, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls family member, and social justice activist organizer. She is the co-founder of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network and has successfully organized three national Indigenous adoptee gatherings. Hele-Cardinal is also collaborating with Dr. Raven Sinclair on the Pekiwewin Project to create an innovative and interactive GIS map of the displacement of the Indigenous ’60s scoop survivors. She is a human rights champion, author, producer and internationally recognized advocate for Canada’s Indigenous peoples.