Mother. Teacher. Healer.
Kandace Keithley is a descendant of Trail of Tears Cherokee people who were forced from their homes in the US Northeast and marched across the country to Oklahoma in the 1830s.
She is the adopted daughter of Benjamin Charles Bluejacket Slack, a bloodline grandson of the great Shawnee Chiefs BlueJacket and Tecumseh, 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 below, who are now magnificent young men.
A Medicine Wheel teacher who has studied with the Traditional healers and Medicine People at Anishnawbe Health Toronto and Dodem Kanonsha, Kandace also studied at Knox College and Wycliffe College, University of Toronto School of Theology, and is interested in 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.
Kandace is a United States marine Corps 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, she has been working with a global coalition of whistle-blowers, researchers, investigative journalists and independent reporters to expose corruption in the US political system.
Kandace 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 holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, a Master of Arts degree in Women’s History, and is a USMC Combat Correspondent trained at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana in Public Affairs, Military broadcast journalism, and electronic news gathering. 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.
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