Mary Boyden

Mary Boyden has spent her adult life in Northern Ontario rediscovering and nurturing her Anishinaabe heritage after spending her childhood as part of a large and boisterous family in an urbane neighbourhood of Toronto. Incongruity has been a theme throughout much of Mary’s life with a career spanning mining, adult education and social innovation, often in the midst of social change. After 30 years of building capacity and encouraging cross-sector and cross-cultural relationships within Treaty 9 territory, Mary is critical of any attempt to limit opportunities for people to share the rewards of realizing common goals.

As the newly named Managing Director for Eighth Fire Solutions Inc, Mary’s role is to continue to groom the trail to respectful ways for Science and Indigenous Knowledges to build relationships within land use planning and resource development. Following the direction of an unprecedented group of Knowledge Keepers from throughout Canada who have become known as the AMAK Elders Circle, Eighth Fire Solutions is working towards demonstrating the power of Traditional Ecological Knowledge to respond to the critical issues we face today and for the next generations.