Who Am I?

Maligne Lake Canyon, Jasper, AB

My name is Jorden Taylor Robitaille, formerly known as Pike. I am a wife and mother of two boys under the age of two. I currently reside in a small village in Saskatchewan called Caronport. I was born in Montreal, Quebec, however, we relocated to Saskatchewan in 2003, with my father, mother, and younger sister. Although you would think I speak French, my first and only language is English. Since completing my high school diploma in 2014, I have studied general post-secondary studies, worked in retail management for several years, and in the midst of it all, growing my family. Although there has been a lot of unexpected events in recent years, positive and challenging, I am excited to be studying in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina as of 2021. It is my joy to work with kids of all ages, I have no doubt that this will be a rewarding career.

Mapping Introduction

This map represents where I currently live and where I have lived for the majority of my life. I am also a student at the University of Regina, studying secondary education, with a major in English and a minor in French. I am also a casual Educational assistant for the local elementary school (as represented on the map). I am also a friend to many women in my community, and have a great support system of moms here. From a First Nation and Metis perspective, I think this place would represent the calmness and peacefulness of the flatlands. The grass sings as the force of the prairie wind hits them, the coyote howl competes with the blaring horns of the CP rail. Nature really speaks for itself out here, since this is a small town. As represented on my map, a short walk behind the houses across from me is a large farmers field. In the summer you can clearly hear all the insect alive and singing. As I am a visitor to Treaty 4 Territory, it also feels I am a visitor to these prairie lands when the insects and coyotes raise their voices in chorus. I think for First Nation and Metis perspectives, it must feel unnatural, and an uncomfortable reminder in some ways when the train horn of the CP rail adjacent to highway 1 near us blares against the coyotes howls. It is a reminder of the reconciliation and commitment we have to First Nations and Metis peoples for the harm that has been done to them. I love it out hear. The silence nature of the prairies and the busyness of the community out here makes me appreciate how important community is to First Nation and Metis people. I am thankful that we are able to share this land together and I can appreciate what nature offers, similar to what First Nation and Metis people recognize as Creator. What I have to offer is a listening ear and an open heart. I want to build into community, because I truly believe that we all are here to share and to grow with one another.