Jim Eshkawkogan is a member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. He currently resides in Sudbury, where he is a Program Manager with the Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Futures Association. Jim began working with Better Beginnings Better Futures in 1991 as a Community Developer with the responsibilities of identifying and addressing the needs of the local urban Aboriginal community.
During his professional career, Jim has established Native language programs in local elementary schools, revived local cultural celebrations and events including National Aboriginal Day and seasonal feasts, and ensured the inclusion of the Anishinabek territory flag on Sudbury's Bridge of Nations.
Jim is a founding member of Gezhtoojig Employment and Training, Shkagamik-Kwe Native Health Centre, the Aboriginal Community/Police Advisory Committee, MKWA Police and Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program, and the Mayor's Round Table on Diversity. Jim has also participated on many local boards and committees, including the Cambrian College Social Work Programs Advisory Committee, N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre, the Child and Family Centre of Sudbury, KeyNorth Office Skills Training, the Mayor's Annual Arts Awards Committee, the Sudbury Best Start Integrated Planning Network, and the St. David School Parent Council. He also supports local families, individuals and agencies as a cultural advisor.
The motivating themes of Jim's work and daily life are as follows:
Jim has been with his partner, Rita, for 35 years. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of nine.