I’m Isaac. I was born and raised in Northeast Edmonton, my favorite place in the world. My father is biracial, his family came here from Oklahoma in 1910, along with many other founding black families in Western Canada, My mom’s family is from England!
Growing up in a family that was a mix of cultures was fascinating for me; I felt like I got to experience two worlds. From as young as I could remember, I was constantly pestering my dad to tell me more stories about his childhood in Edmonton, or bugging my Granddad and Nana to tell me one more time about life in England. I believe that this desire to learn about different worlds and cultures informs the work that I do currently as a First Nations, Metis and Inuit Transition Coordinator with the Edmonton Catholic School Board.
I’m stoked to be at the first (of many) Make it Awkward Summit this year! I’ll be speaking on the work that I do on a day-to-day basis and why it’s important. I’m also looking forward to sharing some thoughts and strategies for ordinary people to uplift their communities and create positive change.