Ziigwanbinesii (Rachel) Charles
Child and Youth Worker, 2015
Cultural Resource Adviser, Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services
Ziigwanbinesii (Spring Thunder Bird) Charles is Mukwa (Bear) clan and her family come from Rama First Nations. As the cultural resource adviser for Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services, Charles is passionate about connecting Indigenous peoples to their cultural practices, spirituality and identity. Her volunteerism in First Nations communities includes teaching families traditional hand drumming. She is also a board director at Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle and previously worked as the Aboriginal youth in transition worker and child witness worker in Ontario. She actively provides a space for Indigenous Peoples to access Indigenous ceremonies for personal healing.