Cindy Sue was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. As a Kanyen’keha:ka (Mohawk) woman and a long standing active member of the Hamilton Urban Aboriginal Community, she also maintains ties to her home reserve, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. She has served as a director and member of many Aboriginal agency boards and participated in various social policy committees, representing this community at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
As a social planner on the SPRC’s Homelessness & Housing Team, Cindy Sue has co-authored reports and is currently the lead planner responsible for the delivery of the federal Aboriginal homelessness funding in Hamilton. Cindy Sue builds on these accomplishments with a continued interest in her educational pursuits including various Indigenous Studies courses and numerous seminars, workshops and training programs (e.g. governance, lateral violence).
As an active volunteer, Cindy Sue has participated as the past Chair of the City of Hamilton’s Committee Against Racism, has just finished her second term with the McMaster Research Ethics Board, and is a current member of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, a Volunteer Advisory Committee to the City of Hamilton. She has recently completed a Kanyen’keha:ka (Mohawk) language course with her two nieces, indicating her interest not only in youth but to the importance of the promotion, education and awareness of Aboriginal culture overall.
Her areas of interest include community development, anti-racism, and access and equity issues for culturally diverse communities especially as it relates to the urban Aboriginal community; enjoying the opportunity to aid in the improvement of the quality of life for all citizens of the Hamilton community.