MEET SHYLO ELMAYAN
Shylo Elmayan was born and raised in Hamilton. As a member of Long Lake 58 First Nation near Hornepayne, she’s spent time in northern Ontario. When they were kids, Elmayan and her sister travelled around the province, going to powwows, where they learned to jingle dance. “It was always very important for my parents that my sister and I learned about our culture,” says the 34-year-old Anishinaabe woman. In Hamilton, that meant time spent at the Native Friendship Centre. “My experiences growing up here and with my family definitely motivate the work that I do,” she said. Elmayan graduated from the UBC with a degree in First Nations studies and political science, then earned a master’s in public policy and administration at Ryerson. Her career path took her to Toronto, where she worked as an aboriginal tenants’ right advocate. She was a policy adviser for the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and worked in First Nations and Métis relations for Hydro One Networks. More recently, she worked at McMaster, where she developed and administered the university’s employment equity census.