Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay. She serves as a Status Only Asst. Professor for the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and as an Adjunct Asst. Professor at Lakehead University. She is a Board Member at Healthy Minds Canada, sits as a member of the newly formed Governing Council of the National Research Centre at the University of Manitoba, and is an active and engaging media representative. She is interested in environmental and humanitarian causes and is actively engaged in a variety of initiatives across Canada. Her research and academic writing is directed towards understanding the continuing transmission of historic and intergenerational trauma and unresolved grief primarily within the Aboriginal community, and she is a member of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Lake Simcoe, Ontario. She has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between people, and sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and applied research initiatives. She is deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement and co-founded and chairs a youth project out of the University of Toronto and Lakehead University. More information on the Canadian Roots Exchange can be found at: canadianroots.ca.