Mother. Teacher. Healer.
Kandace Keithley, M.A. is a communications industry veteran with more than 35 years experience who has worked for Burson-Marsteller, NYC, OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide PBS network, and the US Marine Corps, Far East Network, Tokyo. She is proud USMC vet and a member of the USMC Combat Correspondents’ Association.
Most recently, Kandace has been working with a global coalition of whistle-blowers, researchers, investigative journalists and independent reporters to expose corruption in the US political system. She has worked on two of the most powerful social media activism campaigns in the history of the internet: Standing Rock’s Water Is Life / NoDAPL action, and Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the 2016 Presidential nomination.
Over the years, Kandace has provided communications programs and services to numerous businesses and organizations in Toronto, Southwest Ontario, and North America including Labtician Thea, Memorial Restorations, Sacred Spaces Ontario, Gibson Greenwood Design, Knox Presbyterian Church , Knox College, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Presbyterian Hospital of Oklahoma City, Christian blogger, The Reverend Mark Sandlin, Anishnawbe Health Toronto and the Anishnawbe Health Foundation.
Kandace is a bloodline descendant of Trail of Tears Cherokee people, the adopted descendant of the Shawnee Chief BlueJacket, and a third Generation Granddaughter of Oklahoma Land Run homesteaders whose ancestral origins are Scotland, Ireland, and England. She is the devoted mother of the two beautiful souls pictured above, who are now magnificent young men.
A Medicine Wheel teacher who studies with the Traditional healers and Medicine People at Anishnawbe Health Toronto and Dodem Kanonsha, Kandace is also a student at University of Toronto School of Theology, working on the development of Healing and Reconciliation programs and courses to introduce and integrate Indigenous Traditional spirituality and end of life healing and teachings into pastoral care and the chaplaincy.
In March, 2018 Kandace and other senior women, the mothers and grandmothers of Tkaronto’s Indigenous community established The Toronto Council of Wise Women (The Grandmothers of Tkaronto) to address colonization in organizations and agencies serving the Indigenous community, to advocate for abused Indigenous workers, patients, and volunteers, and to develop initiatives to expand the teaching of Indigenous healing and culture into the non-Indigenous community.
Kandace holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, and a Master of Arts degree in Women’s History. Her scholarship focuses on the power and importance of women’s traditional labour, and her Master’s Thesis, Feeding Community: The Impact of Women’s Culinary Labour on the Great Plains Frontier is held in the Library of Canada and can be viewed online here.
For more information about Kandace or to learn how she can help your business, contact her here or by phone at 416 722 6824.
Kandace and The Grandmothers of Tkaronto invite all Indigenous people who are facing abuse or discrimination of any kind to contact us in 100% confidentiality. We are here for you and will help you find the Elders, legal resources, and community support you need.