Terrellyn Fearn is the Director of Training & Education at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in community engagement, training delivery, curriculum design and evaluation. She is of mixed ancestry and a member of Glooscap First Nation with strong Mi’kmaq lineage from her paternal grandmother and rich Irish roots from her maternal grandmother. She acknowledges she is a guest on this land and is honoured and privileged to raise her son and work on Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee territory.
She brings wisdom and understanding of inter-generational trauma in Indigenous contexts and has extensive experience decolonizing programs and practices through this lens. Her practice over the last 22 years has focused in the area of health, gender-based violence, child welfare, and violence prevention in over 340 urban and rural Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.
Terrellyn has created culturally specific assessment tools for post-secondary institutions and published trauma informed training resources relating to the health and wellness of Indigenous children for non-Indigenous service providers supporting Indigenous families. Her individual and group work is rooted in honouring inter-generational resilience which forms the foundation for wellness and healing. She has been privileged to build successful relations with many First Nation, Init and Metis people and communities.
Terrellyn has worked for the past two years as the Director of Community Outreach and Support Services with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Her passion to end violence and abuse against Indigenous people is rooted in her traditional principles and teachings which aim to strengthen families, communities, and Nations.