20-year native to the Ottawa Valley, I have canoed
the eastern portion of Algonquin Park. The Barron
River Canyon and Lake Traverse are my favorite places
to venture. My home base on Golden Lake is also a
I lived for 8 years without hydro/power or modern
amenities. While raising three children, this made
me an expert at day to day survival. I lived off the
land by hunting and fishing for my daily meals. Over
the last 18 years I have been guiding people and exploring
Algonquin Park and the surrounding area using the
skills that I have learned over my adult lifetime.
have also received many teachings from Elders of Traditional
Bear Medicines, in which I received the name Nigig
Makadewa Ekwe (Black Otter Woman). I have been making
my own medicines for many years for my family and
I am also a trained Ontario Search and Rescue volunteer.
Our group is called the Flying Eagles of Pikwakanagan
of the Algonquin First Nation.
I am the only woman guide that I am aware of in this
part of Eastern Ontario. My main skills are that of
self-sufficiency, a people person, an acoustic guitar
player and an experienced fishing guide. I won a walleye
fishing derby in Madawaska and was the only woman
spend most of my spare time out on the land walking
or camping and I like to go fishing every chance I
get. I enjoy sitting in my boat fishing and watching
the sun go down and I would like to share this experience
In the process of living on this land we call Mother
Earth, I have come to know myself, who I am, what
I am, and what I believe.