DKG member Yvonne Vizina (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) is an educator, recipient of the 2014-2015 DKG Annie Webb Blanton Scholarship and the 2017 University of Saskatchewan Indigenous Graduate Student Council Award for Research Excellence. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan.
Vizina states, “Leadership has a different connotation in Indigenous communities. A good leader is not necessary up at the front but is one who leads by example, not elevating themselves above others. Old people tell us about migrating geese – the one in the front calls loudly to encourage others, eventually veering off to take a place at the back. Leading is a circular process and you have to make sure everyone in the circle is strong enough to lead.”