Our Elders and Authors:

Phyllis Webstad (Author):

Cultural Connections: Secwepemc and Irish/French

Home Base: William’s Lake , BC

Website: www.orangeshirtbook.com

Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage. She was born in Dog Creek and lives in Williams Lake, BC. Today, Phyllis is married, has a son, a stepson, and three grandsons. She earned diplomas in Business Administration from the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and in Accounting from Thompson Rivers University. Phyllis received the 2017 TRU Distinguished Alumni Award for her unprecedented impact on local, provincial, national and international communities through the sharing of her orange shirt story. 

In 2018 Phyllis Webstad launched her children’s book called “Orange Shirt Story” to share her story in her own words. Orange shirt story tells the story of young Phyllis having her orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school and never to see it again. A simple orange shirt has become a symbol of oppression and the residential school. Phyllis has inspired thousands and thousands of people to honour residential school survivor and share the call of “EVERY CHILD MATTERS.” Phyllis is well respected for her work, her courage and for striving to heal our communities and Nation through speaking her truth.

Available for visits to school across Canada. To book please email us @ info@medicinewheel.education.

Book: The Orange Shirt Story, Lesson Plan and Poster.




Theresa “Corky” Larsen-Jonasson (Elder/Author):

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Cultural Connections: Cree/Danish/Metis

Home Base: Red Deer, Alberta

Website: Not Available

Corky is a proud Cree/Danish Metis Elder with roots in Red Deer and Maskwacis First Nations. She lives her life according to the traditional indigenous teachings that saved her life. These teachings flow from her parents, her 93-year-old Kokom, Christine Joseph of Cochrane, aunties, uncles, as well as from the Goodstrikers, Williams and John Crier families, all of whom she loves immensely. Corky serves as a member of the National Collective of the Walking With Our Sisters missing and murdered indigenous women awareness movement and a proud member of Red Deer’s Red Feather Women. She is also a member of the Urban Aboriginal Voices Women’s Council and Red Deer Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Network.

Available for visits to schools and communities in Red Deer, Calgary and Edmonton. To book please email us @ info@medicinewheel.education. Please remember limited available.


Book: The Sharing Circle Book, Poster and Teacher Lesson Plans.



Kevin Locke: (Elder/Author):

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Cultural Connections: Lakota and Anishinabe

Home Base: Wakapala, South Dakota

Website: www.kevinlocke.com

Kevin Locke is a world-renowned Hoop Dancer, distinguished indigenous Northern Plains flutist, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, and educator. Kevin is Lakota (from the Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Sioux), and Anishinabe. His Lakota name is Tokeya Inajin, meaning “First to Arise.” Kevin Locke presents and performs at hundreds of performing arts centers, festivals, schools, universities, conferences, state and national parks, monuments, historic sites, powwows, and reservations every year. Approximately eighty percent of these are shared with children. Kevin is a dance and musical hero and role model for youth around the world. His special joy is working with children on reservations to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.

Book: Dawn Flight: A Lakota Story, Poster and Teacher Lesson Plans.

To book Kevin into your school please visit www.kevinlocke.com

Kung Jaadee (Author):
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Cultural Connections: Haida

Home Base: Haida Gwaii

Website: www.sharkhouse.ca

Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) is a traditional Haida storyteller, singer and drummer from Haida Gwaii in Northern British Columbia. She teaches Xaad Kil/Haida language and culture five days a week. For more than 24 years, she has delighted audiences across Canada at festivals, schools, museums, aboriginal celebrations and conferences. Kung Jaadee loves singing her traditional Haida songs, drumming, laughing, baking and learning her language. Her name was presented to her at her great uncle’s memorial feast by her cousin, Crystal Robinson, and means ‘Moon Woman’.


Book: Raven’s Feast, Poster and Teacher Lesson Plans.

To book a school visit with Kung Jaadee into your school please visit her website at www.sharkhouse.ca. Available all over Canada.

Trudy Spiller (Author):

Cultural Connections: Gitxsan Nation

Home Base: Victoria, Bc

Website: unavailable

Trudy is part of the Gitxsan Nation in British Columbia and belongs to the House of Gwininitxw of the Wolf Clan. Trudy’s traditional name, Lugaganowals, means a frog that is always leaning or giving. Trudy and her siblings were brought up to believe that children are like flowers. Today, she helps families to grow and flourish by sharing her knowledge of First Nation medicine, food, dress, and practices. By sharing her stories, Trudy makes knowledge keepers of us all.


Book: Trudy’s Rock Story, Poster and Teacher Lesson Plans.

To book a school visit with Trudy please email us at info@medicinewheel.education. Available in the Victoria and surrounding area only.



Teddy Anderson (Author):

Teddy 2Special Cultural Permission: Teddy Anderson was given special cultural permission to learn, teach and share the hoop dance by ceremony of tobacco when at the Red Deer Aboriginal Dance Troupe. Teddy had special training withLakota Hoop dancer Kevin Locke.

Cultural Connections: Tlingnit (Father/Grandparents are adopted), Persian, English, Scottish and Norwegian

Home Base: Victoria, BC

Website: www.teddyanderson.com

Teddy Anderson is an internationally recognized hoop dancer who has performed in thousands of places around the world. He has brought his motivational message of love and unity to more than 20 countries, inspiring children and youth everywhere to see themselves as members of one human family. Teddy received special permission to learn the hoop dance and share his message with the people of the world. Teddy’s rich cultural experience, combined with his passion for the arts makes him unique in delivering the message of unity and inclusion.

Book: Medicine Wheel: Stories of a Hoop Dancer, Poster and Teacher Lesson Plans.


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