Suzanne Methot is a Cree woman originally from Peace River, Alberta, which is known as Sagitawa (“where the rivers meet”) in the Cree language. She has worked as a writer, editor, educator, and community worker for 25 years.
Suzanne has worked in adult literacy at St. Christopher House and at the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto; as principal curriculum and resource editor for Ningwakwe Learning Press; as Education Officer for school programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario; and with the Toronto District School Board as a classroom teacher, where she created a program for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students that explored Aboriginal cultures, histories, and traditions through the provincial curriculum in order to foster identity, engagement, and student achievement. Suzanne has also lectured on Aboriginal literature at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education and in the Journalism program at the First Nations Technical Institute at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She has also worked in membership, communications, and marketing positions for the Anishinabek Nation (Union of Ontario Indians), Greenpeace Canada, and the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, and as a community engagement worker at organizations including the YWCA Elm Centre, which offers affordable homes to Aboriginal and other women living with mental health and addiction issues.
Suzanne’s features, profiles, book reviews, guest columns, and arts stories have been published in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Canadian Geographic, Windspeaker, and Ontario Birchbark. From 2009 to 2011, Suzanne was a member of the author team for the Native Studies 11 textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations, published by Pearson Education Canada and now in its second printing. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have also appeared in various anthologies.
A former member of the board of directors at Central Toronto Community Health Centres, as well as a former volunteer with Anishnawbe Health Toronto’s street patrol, Suzanne is particularly interested in the intersections between the social determinants of health, intergenerational trauma, and decolonization. She takes a trauma-informed approach to her education and community engagement practice.
Suzanne is the principal at Dragonfly Consulting Services Canada, offering education consulting to schools and teachers. In 2014, Suzanne was appointed to the Indigenous Advisory Circle at the Royal Ontario Museum, to assist the ROM Learning Department in building authentic and sustainable relationships with indigenous communities.