Brenda St. Germain is a Métis Cree woman from central Alberta and follows nēhiyawak epistemology in her social work practice. She completed her Masters degree in Social Work with an Indigenous Specialization at the University of Victoria. Brenda has a unique and diverse background that is a combination of trades, administration and social work.
Brenda's passion for community has led her academics and career to focus on projects or research promoting reconciliation and change to improve the quality of life for the Indigenous populations and marginalized groups in Canada. She is an advocate for individual agency and applies the principles of anti-oppressive approaches into her social work and community development practices.
Her academic qualifications compliment her expertise in community development and administration within an Indigenous framework. Brenda's advocacy for improvements in housing, education and employment, along with involvement in poverty projects, has evolved into her keen ability to comprehend complex environments with an insightful perspective that can link social policies, procedures and legislation between mainstream systems and Indigenous terrains. Brenda is the owner of Mellow Star Consulting and offers services ranging from environmental scans to organizing and facilitation of community events.