Tammie Wylie was pulled between two worlds as a child. Born in Nanaimo to a Coast Salish mother and Danish father, Wylie had to learn to negotiate the divide between mainstream Western culture and her First Nations heritage.
“When I was young, it was difficult. When I was with aboriginal people I didn’t quite fit in. As a white kid, if I didn’t identify as aboriginal it was easier for me,” she says. “But when I was 21 I realised I could move through both worlds, that I could be a bridge. That’s what I’ve been doing with my work, being a translator between two cultures.”
Wylie will combine her personal experience, as well as a 25-year career with the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre in Nanaimo, to talk about innovative approaches to aboriginal training and education at Leadership Conference 2013: Advancing Leadership Practice and Possibility.
Read more about Wylie and Leadership Conference 2013 here.