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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.

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