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Catherine Peltier Mavin is a professional cross-cultural woman. Catherine’s heritage, as an adopted child, is a combination of First Nation (Odawa, Pottawatomi, Maleceet), Ukrainian and French cultures. She is the mother of four sons, passionate about her work as an Indigenous policy advisor.

Catherine has been singing all her life, as a soloist and in small groups to large choirs. She has performed in three plays: Tomson Highway’s Ernestine Gets Her Trout, and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, and in the NAC’s King Lear production in 2012, as one of the King’s people.

Catherine’s journey has enabled her to take action and to help others identify barriers and solutions not only on policy issues but also in life situations. For her it is important to accept and relate to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, without prejudice or preconceptions. Her message is about how being able to be authentic gives us the freedom to appreciate others for who they are. Her life journey demonstrates that resilience is important and that connectivity with the people in her life is key to happiness and success.