Meet The team
Hello! My name is Kristy Anderson, and I come from a small town in northern Ontario. Currently, I reside in Pine Creek First Nation. My ancestry consists mainly of European descent, but I also have Indigenous ancestors and am a band member of Lac Seul First Nation.
I have been harvesting from the land and water with my loved ones for as long as I can remember. This way of life has instilled in me a deep love and respect for the Earth, fueling my passion to pursue an education in environmental science. In 2016, I earned my Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba, and in 2020, I furthered my knowledge with a Master's degree in Soil Science.
I consider it an immense privilege to contribute to the vital work of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative as a dedicated staff member.
My family is settler population and has lived in Canada and United States for the past 4-6 generations. My mother’s family is from a small mixed farm in southwestern Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory. My dad was born in northern Manitoba (Snow Lake, Treaty 5 Adhesion) and lived in many different small communities growing up. Since I was very young, I have always been interested in food, farming, and community building. My mother’s father, Ivan Adams, was one of the most influential people in my life and he taught me how to care for the land while raising good food and being a loving community member.
I currently live in Winnipeg with my three children and my partner. As a family, we spend much of our time at the family farm and camping on the land. We berry pick, raise bees, grow vegetables and I aspire to learn how to hunt. We are trying to raise our kids, and remind ourselves to think critically, be kind, and keep it local.
My ‘formal’ education is in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. While I appreciate what I learned in school, what I have learned from my elders and community members has been extremely formative and invaluable in shaping my worldview. My relationships with the people of organizations like Harvest Moon Local Foods Initiative, Ithinto Mechisowin Program, Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba, Opaskwayak Culture & Healthy Living Initiatives, and Vive le Vert (there are so many others!) has taught me so much about the power of food and community.
I am lucky to work on behalf of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community Collaborative, comprised of a dozen or so amazing and dedicated organizations, led by strong northern advisors, and hosted by MakeWay Foundation.
Hello, my name is Tasha Monkman. I was raised in Pine Dock, Manitoba and currently reside in the neighbouring community of Matheson Island. Both communities are small Northern Affairs communities located on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg. My parents are both third generation commercial fishers. My family has deep roots in the local commercial fishing industry and in the area known as “the narrows” of Lake Winnipeg.
Growing up I had the opportunity to learn how to harvest from the land and water. Together with my husband, we continue to carry on these traditions as we teach our daughter to love, honor and respect the land.
I spent many years working as a nurse in the Interlake area and most recently in Fisher River Cree Nation, where I am a band member. After having my daughter, I made the difficult decision to change my career path so that I could have a better work life balance for my family. Prior to joining the NMFCCC team, I worked as CAO for the community of Matheson Island. During my time as CAO, I was introduced to the Collaborative as a community partner.
I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to support community-led work in Northern Manitoba. I am looking forward to building relationships, sharing knowledge, and learning from community partners, northern advisors, collaborators and fellow staff of the NMFCCC.
My name is Cheryl Antonio and I am a Metis grandmother from The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
I grew up on a grain farm to very hard-working parents. Not only did they work hard on the farm, they also had day jobs and volunteered in the community. Both my parents came from large families and I am very blessed to have many relatives.
I have worked primarily in education for the past 30 years or so, as an Educational Assistant, Truant Officer, and most recently as a Librarian. I've also had many secondary jobs in hotels, as a photographer and short film maker, as a DJ in a bar, website design, and more. I worked to raise my three sons to try and give them a barrier-free life. They are all adults now, working themselves, and I have the joy and privilege of being a grandmother to four beautiful children. I love sharing with them and teaching them about their cultures.
My life has also been busy with volunteering. I love to give back to the community. I love 4-H and have an amazing 4-H Club. This is where my introduction to NMFCCC came, through the 4-H community garden. I also volunteer for The Pas Arts Council, Home Routes, Storytellers' Film Festival, AdventureSmart, the Manitoba School Libraries Association, the Manitoba 4-H Council, Culture Days, the Westoba Inspire Grant Committee, and ImagiNorthern. I love to plan community events and to help people. I am also involved with local MMIWG2S as it is personal to my family.
I love to garden and share what I grow or what I make from the food we produce. I also love to harvest from the wild and am known for my fireweed jelly and homemade bread. Being outdoors is key to each of my days. Our 4-H Club purchased beehives last year and we are learning so much about bees and making honey! Being food knowledgeable is important to me as I have been a diabetic for more than 30 years.
I am honored to be part of the NMFCCC team.
I grew up in a small Mennonite town south of Winnipeg. My Mum and Grandparents have gardened and preserved their harvests for as long as I can remember. I now live in Winnipeg, am a recent graduate of the University of Winnipeg, and am honored to be a part of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative.
My experience working and partnering with communities around gardening, country foods programs, traditional teachings, and Indigenous Food Sovereignty in northern Manitoba began in the Spring of 2016 when I started a practicum with Food Matters Manitoba. Over my two and half years there, I had the opportunity to support many gardening and greenhouse projects, build relations with community food champions, visit communities and their projects, and to organize networking and skill building gatherings, and supporting community to community visits.
I am very fortunate to be able to continue working with many of the folx I have met over the past years, to watch as projects evolve and grow, to continue to meet new people, to continue to learn, unlearn, and share what I have been taught, and to continue to support community-led work in Manitoba.