Katie Manomie is an Inuk woman born in Iqaluit, Nunavut. As part of the 60’s Scoop she was raised in the traditional T’Souke Territory with her non-Indigenous mother and is currently living and learning on Lekwungen Territory. She was never taught anything about her Inuk/Indigenous heritage beyond what was taught in the public school system. In high school she experienced a lot of racism, had a hard time attending, and started to abuse drugs and alcohol. She was also experiencing homelessness, which ultimately affected her ability to finish high school.
She decided to attend the Native Education College in 2014 and received her AABE certificate. She was Elected Chief while she attended. She did not take her academics seriously until she became sober almost two years ago.
In 2020 she decided it was time to check out Camosun College. Sekwan Wabasca, one of the Indigenous advisors at Camosun, helped Katie decide that the Indigenous Family Support (IFS) program would be the best option, and Katie is currently on her full-time practicum with the NCCABC.
During her first semester, Katie received an Inspire Award and the Spurt Award for students studying family support. This past semester she was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation. Because of how much she helps her classmates she has been coined “the auntie” of the program.
The IFS program has taught Katie about Indigenous people, and she is looking forward to starting the Indigenous Studies degree program in the fall and to learning more about Indigenous values, ways of living, and the historic events that have taken place in Canada. Katie says the most important thing that she is looking forward is learning how to decolonize her worldviews and learn how to walk in both worlds, and finally learn how to advocate for her people.