Jade Harper, founder and owner, manages SpiritFusion and brings with her over 15 years experience in program development and management with specialized skills in the areas of group facilitation, community mobilization, engagement and consultation. As a Cree and Anishinaabe woman originally from Peguis First Nations, Jade incorporates holistic Indigenous philosophies into her work to ensure that the processes that she facilitates are respectful of the unique and diverse needs of families and individuals. Jade is also a passionate yogi, a student that has practiced yoga for 8 years for the purpose of healing and holistic wellness and recently started training as a certified yoga instructor.
Jade has dedicated both her professional, educational and community life to supporting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples and as such has worked at the local, provincial, and national levels on issues such as education, youth capacity development, health, violence and sexual exploitation of Indigenous women and girls, and children and family services. She is passionate about her work whether it is on the front lines counselling and mentoring youth or working to make broader systemic change through the provision of strategic policy advice. This passion is also evident in her commitment to volunteerism.
In addition to her community work Jade is also the sole proprietor of Spirit Fusion, the mobile wellness studio that marries Cree and Ojibwe teachings with the practice of yoga and other holistic and fitness practices. Most recently Jade successfully completed the award-winning Coady International Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at St. Xavier University. Her participation in the program provided her with the opportunity to develop the Village Walk project which provides group walking tours through Winnipeg’s North End in an effort to encourage families to get to know their community while engaging in physical activity and discussions about healthy lifestyle choices. Ms. Harper is also a student at the University of Manitoba, majoring in Native Studies with a double minor in Nutrition & Women and Gender Studies. Jade is a recent recipient of the Manitoba CBC’s Future 40 award, an award program that recognizes innovative leaders under the age of 40.
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