Dr. Perley is a member of St. Mary’s First Nation who is currently the Elder-in-Residence at Chief Harold Sappier Memorial Elementary School. She is also a part-time instructor at UNB teaching Wolastoqey Language and Wabanaki Worldviews courses. Imelda is retired from her position as Elder-In-Residence for the University of New Brunswick. She continues her role as cultural advisor for community organizations, provincial and federal agencies. She is a Cultural Consultant for two Health Canada initiatives titled “Oluwikoneyak Weckuwapasihtit (From the Womb to Beyond) within the Maternal Child Health program and “’Ciw Wolakomiksuwakon” (For Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit) within the Maliseet Nation Mental Wellness program. Her traditional roles within the community include Sweatlodge Keeper, Medicine Wheel Teacher, Sacred Pipe Carrier, and Keeper of the Women’s Ceremonies.
To date, Imelda has been acknowledged for her language and cultural contributions through many awards, certificates and medals. Most recently, Imelda was one of Canada’s 150 Ambassadors and continues to share with Canada her language through language teaching tweets. In 2012, Imelda received the Queen Jubilee Medal for community service. She was also awarded the 2017 Governor Generals Sovereign Medal for Volunteers for delivering language and cultural activities. Maine State Legislative Assembly also recognized her dedication to language revitalization efforts within both university and community programs. In May of 2019, Imelda received an honorary doctorate of letters degree from University of New Brunswick for her “incredible work contributing to the support, education and visibility of Indigenous peoples at UNB and across the province
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Dr. Imelda Perley's Sessions
3:00 - 3:45 pm, The Gift of Resiliency, Dr. Imelda Perry and
3:45 - 4:30 pm, Traditional Practices in Conflict Resolution, Rose-Ann Martin