The Grandmother’s Circle – bios

Vivian Recollect

Vivian Recollet is an Anishinaabe Granmother whose spirit name is “Bigasohn Kwe” and she is Turtle Clan from Wikwemikong unceded territory located on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Vivian was born and removed from her home land of Wikwemikong First Nation at an early age, she grew up a crown ward of the CCAS due to the relationship disruption of the Residential School that her biological father attended & her biological mother being raised in an orphanage run by nuns. Life was not easy for her as she suffered the loss of her culture, community, family & language. She persevered and was a shy withdrawn person, studied hard & accomplished her educational pursuits, having graduated out of high school and began Nursing at a young age, she moved to Toronto, worked at various hospitals, did some community health nursing, lab work & worked in the Indigenous community under different capacities.

Vivian has been awarded the “The Woman of Distinction Award”, “The Influential Women of Northern Ontario”, the “Medal for Good Citizenship” & “Coupon Award” for her preceptorship of upcoming Nursing Students, her passion lies in the health and culture of her people, she has spent the last twenty years recapturing some of the losses that were taken from her & implementing them into her life and that of her community, she is the proud mother of one son, Josh and grandmother to his little girl, Faith. She equates her success on the knowledge and teachings of her people, if she had not found her way, she would not be where she is at today, it was through her culture that she healed from the impacts of intergenerational trauma suffered by most of the First Nations communities. Culture is Key to the success and wellness of the people, she helper to the Elders, providing teachings and embracing every faucet of the Anishinaabe culture to keep well, including helping with the care taking of Mother Earth.


Patricia (Pat) Oakes, aka Kanonkwashon (she covers medicine with a blanket)

Patricia is from the Bear Clan of the Haudenosaunee. She grew up on the Mohawk community of Akwesasne (land where the partridge drums). She is a single mother of a handsome son and beautiful daughter, and grandma to a precious deceased 6 month old grandson.

Kanonkwason attended Durham/Sheridan colleges and McMaster University. She graduated from the Banff School of Advance Management Executive Development program and also received an Executive Leadership in Conflict Management certificate from the University of Windsor. She is a former President of the Board of the NCCT and NWRC for 2 terms and also served on a jury of CCAB.

Pat has worked in several challenging jobs over her 45 She worked as a Police Officer within her home community, graduated an apprenticeship as a Journeyperson Ironworker and welder and later become a supervising foreperson, worked as a radiation protection supervisor at the Pickering nuclear plant, and lastly a senior advisor in Indigenous Relations at Ontario Power Generation. She recently retired in January 2017.


Marilyn Longlade Capreol

Marilyn Longlade Capreol was born on the waters of Georgian Bay. have seen many changes just as the relatives before me. As a family I was raised on the water, travelled on the water and was fed by the water. Summer and winter we carried our water from the lake. I was raised with the oil lamp at the center of the kitchen table. As young children, we were the eye glasses for our Grannies and Aunties charged with the job of threading needles for sewing.

My mother and I moved to Toronto. I lived in the city for forty-four years.

2007 I returned to the home territory of Georgian Bay where I now live on an island accessible only by water and ice. It is in this place where one is learning each and every day.