Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate, highlight and reflect upon the rich histories, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. June 21 was chosen because it coincides with the summer solstice, a sacred and joyous time for many First Nations peoples because it marks the longest day of the year. There are lots of COVID-friendly National Indigenous Peoples Day events happening around the capital
Janice was born in Edmonton and received a bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Alberta. She began her journey in leadership as president of her student’s union, which led to being a student representative at school board meetings.
As a community volunteer, Janice took on varied roles as community league president, area council member and treasurer, and numerous committees including working on the Eastglen Pool renewal. She presented to City public hearings on development issues and helped form the Community Development Institute that supported community groups when facing City Hall.
As a parent, Janice volunteered on many committees leading to her run for School Trustee in 1995. In her 6 years as trustee, she was EPSB representative to the Alberta School Boards Association Board and related provincial initiatives and committees, as well as board representative to Safer Cities Edmonton.
While on Edmonton City Council, Janice was a representative to Northlands Board, the Police Commission, member and then chair of the provincial Inter City Forum on Social Policy, and co-chair of the Edmonton’s Inclusive Cities project and Edmonton Drug strategy. She was the lead councillor on the Alberta Avenue Revitalization strategy and continued volunteering on AOTA after leaving council.
Janice ran her own catering business for 10 years and was involved in Community Conferencing and restorative justice for many years. After her time on council, she was Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Edmonton, part of a national initiative to raise the knowledge and discourse on poverty elimination. She helped create the transition to End Poverty Edmonton as a volunteer for 2 years.
Janice is married with two children.
Sources: Edmonton Journal October 23, 2001; City of Edmonton Web Page