Lesley Belleau is a proud Ojibway from Garden River First Nations near Sault Ste. Marie. She is a fourth year PHD student studying Indigenous Literature at Trent University. Lesley’s B.A honours are from Algoma University and her M.A in English literature is from the University of Windsor. She is also an author as she has just recently published a novel titled Sweat.
Lesley’s career plans are to complete her PHD and to teach at the university level. This will enable her to teach literature, history, women’s studies and importantly indigenous studies focusing on the Indigenous perspectives. Presently, there are few accredited Anishinaabe professors in Canadian universities and she would like to be a university professor.
Lesley’s community involvement has been exemplary and her volunteering consistent. She has been a member of the Garden River community trust working as a tutor supervisor with the elementary and high school students in the community. As well, she has worked with the Idle No More movement encouraging dialogue within First Nations as well as encouraging community involvement and activism. Lastly, Lesley has worked as a mentor to help Anishinaabe writers edit and draft manuscripts for publication.
Congratulations Lesley Belleau for being selected a winner of the 2014 Rose Nolan Scholarship.