Amy Smoke is Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River. She is a mature student, mother, public speaker, singer, and active community member. She received a BA in Social Development Studies and then a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Waterloo, and is currently a graduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Masters of Social Work-Indigenous Field of Study program, with her practicum placement at MPP Laura Mae Lindo’s office. She also spent a year with the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre as the Events Coordinator. She sits on various Indigenous Advisory Circles in Waterloo Region and is also one of the founding members of the local First Nations drum group, The Blue Sky Singers. Amy has worked hard to overcome the intergenerational trauma from residential schools in her family and now shares her experiences with other students. Her culture has been her lifeline and she is determined to pass this on to her two daughters.