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CLAY 2018: Thunder Bay

Meet Our Storytellers!

We’ll be hearing lots and lots of different stories from lots of different people (and sharing our own!) at threads, including stories from three incredible storytellers. Here’s a little bit about them:

Lindsey Jorgensen-Skakum

Pastor Lindsey was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta – but now calls Edmonton, Alberta home. A prairie person through and through, Lindsey has always enjoyed the provinces bright expansive skyline, it’s seas of golden wheat, and spending time in the Rocky Mountains. As a life long Lutheran, Lindsey began their journey towards ordained ministry in 2007 when they felt God’s call to use their gifts in a new way. After completing a B.A. in Religious Studies, Lindsey enrolled at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon in 2012 to prepare for ministry. In 2016, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church called Lindsey to begin ministry with and among the congregation. As a Pastor, Lindsey has a passion for sharing the Good News of God’s love within and outside the church’s walls. A passion that has led them to share a ministry of welcome and inclusion as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. When Pastor Lindsey isn’t at the church they can be found exploring Alberta with their wife Danika, playing board games, or strapping on a pair of roller skates to play roller derby as their alter ego “Dreamwhip” in the Edmonton area.


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Beatrice Twance-Hynes

Beatrice Twance-Hynes is from the Bear Clan (maternal), Deer Clan (paternal). She grew up in Biigtigong First Nation (formerly Pic River First Nation) and has lived in Thunder Bay since 1988 with her husband Gerry. She is a wife, mother and grandmother.

She has a Native Teacher’s Certificate (Lakehead University), and an Ontario Management Development Certificate (Confederation College), and numerous courses in human resources. She has learned about culture by attending ceremonies, workshops, and by listening to teachings provided by her mentors and various elders.

Beatrice has worked at Dilico since November 1988 and is currently the Manager of Cultural Services.

Beatrice is a traditional women’s dancer who makes her own regalia. She is a grandmother pipe carrier, a sacred circle facilitator, songwriter, singer and drummer.  She shares teachings on the hand-drum, drum making and birthing. She also facilitates sacred circles. In her role as Cultural Manager, she has had the opportunity to sit in on traditional healing sessions since January 2014 with the traditional healer.  She is a member of the Elders Advisory Council, Aboriginal Liaison with the City of Thunder Bay (December 2013), and a member of the Elders Council at Lakehead University (April 2015). She is also one of the Elders-in-Residence at the university.

She is the founding member of the Medicine Wheel Spirit Singers, Hand-Drum Group (April 2006) who recorded a CD back in 2009 with a website. She is recording her own CD with a launch in the spring of 2018, which will be called, Indian Chief’s Daughter, White Horse Spirit Woman.

Jenny Salisbury

A little bit about Jenny – I was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, into a military family. We moved every three years while I was growing up, so I’ve been lucky enough to call all of Canada and some of the United States my home. Moving around that much can be hard, but I found belonging and purpose in my church communities and through theatre. Today, I’m a theatre artist. I direct, write, act, and teach. And I’m a new mom to my girl Rose, who will be a year and a half when I’m at CLAY. This will be my fourth gathering. I’ve been a guest speaker, a home team leader, and the head of the drama team. Stories continue to shape and guide my life, and I can’t wait to tell some good stories, and hear even better ones from you in Thunder Bay!