Irene Armstrong

Aaniin Michipicoten First Nation Family,

I am honored to reintroduce myself and express my gratitude for your continued trust in me.

My spirit name is Zhiibyaasigay Kwe, meaning “The First Rays of Sunlight Woman,” and I belong to the Marten Clan.

I grew up in our traditional territory, raised by my parents, Cecile Soulier and Harold Armstrong, alongside three siblings and a large extended family of aunties, cousins, and neighbors. Together, we worked as a team to support and grow our family’s livelihood.

As a wife and mother of two, I entered the service industry to help support my family. Initially, education was not a priority, but after a 20-year hiatus, I earned both my high school diploma and a business administration diploma. We moved to Sault Ste. Marie for these opportunities, and after several years, we returned home. This return marked the beginning of my 25+-year career in healthcare, supported by my education and a diverse set of skills.

I have served for eleven years at Michipicoten, including three years as the Executive Assistant to the Council. This experience has equipped me with the following strengths that I bring to the Council:

  • A deep understanding of the challenges we face as Indigenous people, particularly in preserving our culture.
  • A solid educational background, complemented by various certificates in business, health, finance, and leadership.
  • A realistic approach, combined with strong listening and problem-solving skills.
  • A visionary mindset, upholding values of integrity, compassion, and inclusiveness.
  • A team player characterized by professionalism and a commitment to working collectively to bring about positive change.

Committee Involvement:

  • Special Committee on Governance
  • Finance Committee
  • Youth and Elder Gathering Committee
  • Health Committee

I believe that enhancing our knowledge while honoring our past is crucial for advancing Michipicoten First Nation. Positive change stems from listening to what others have to say, building relationships characterized by level-headedness, open-mindedness, humor, kindness, and compassion. I am committed to pursuing initiatives that will benefit, expand, and preserve our citizenship.