Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the vice-provost Aboriginal initiatives at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay and Orillia. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Faculty of Anthropology and as a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Health Care Ethics. Her research and academic writing is directed towards understanding the continuing transmission of historic intergenerational trauma and unresolved grief primarily within Aboriginal communities. Cynthia is a board member for Healthy Minds Canada and the newly formed Teach for Canada non-profit. She also sits as a member of the Governing Council of the National Research Centre at the University of Manitoba, and has recently been inducted as an Honourary Witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. She is interested in environmental and humanitarian causes and is actively engaged in a variety of initiatives across Canada. Cynthia is a member of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Lake Simcoe, Ontario, and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between people. She sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and applied research initiatives and is deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement. Cynthia co-founded and chairs a youth project out of the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan and Lakehead University: the Canadian Roots Exchange.