BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tiffany Cook is a grandmother and mother of three. She runs a successful juicing and nutritional support initiative which brings healing through food to the tribe. Tiffany also has a farm and indoor facility where she grows all of her own micro-greens for her business, helping people get off their diabetes pills, heal and detox from the poisonous environment surrounding them.
Fallan Jacobs is a mother of four children who has worked closely with the community of Ahkwesasne on economic development, labor market information studies and small business support. As a fierce defender of sovereignty and human rights, Fallan spent 12 years in successful court battle against the Canadian Border Services Agency precipitated by an egregious harassment at the border where she was subjected to unprotected uranium exposure resulting in the loss of her baby. The agency was found guilty of sex discrimination by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Federal Courts and the Federal Appeal Courts of Canada. Fallan now works with indigenous youth and families to rekindle, restore and enhance their sense of cultural identity with land based teachings and community connections across the province of Ontario.
Kawenniisota Jock spends most of her time as a homemaker caring for her five children. She has helped develop traditional support, cultural teachings and preservation within the tribe. She is currently enrolled at the Native Education and Training College in a one-year program to be Healing & Wellness Counselor. Kawenniiosta has always been passionate about her people and community and wishes to continue working with women, men and youth who suffer from domestic violence, sexual assault as well as help others to regain their cultural identity. Kawenniiosta is also a self-taught seamstress and has a small business making traditional dresses as well as designing her own clothing line.
All three of us are community leaders who work to uphold our traditional ways, language, ceremonies and medicines. We have been advocating for the youth for many years and helping with their “Rights of Passage” ceremonies, a 4-6 month process during which we teach about food sovereignty, sustainability, self-awareness, and their new roles as young women and men.
With our children and as yet unborn in mind, we are all working towards our goals to ensure that our children will continue on with ceremonies and that their language will never be lost. Our willingness to leave our community and come back to our ancestral lands is not an easy decision, but we are committed to the health and survival of our people, our traditions, and our culture.