Meet our First Responder Training Program Coordinator, Demi Benjoe
Demi Benjoe (she/her) is a Dakota, Saulteaux, Cree and Blackfoot woman from Payepot First Nation located 20 minutes out of Regina. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Health Studies at the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada in 2017 and has worked in the social work and health care sector ever since. She has a strong passion to help Indigenous youth achieve success by living a healthy lifestyle, encouraging youth to pursue post-secondary education and utilizing First Nation’s culture and ways of knowing to attain their own career goals all while staying true to who they are as First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous people. Demi’s career opportunities had led her to work closely with and for Indigenous communities on a provincial and national level on the importance of health and wellbeing to create positive health outcomes for Indigenous communities. Demi is looking forward to being a part of SASS and providing her expertise and knowledge with prevention and education on the social determinants of health which include addressing social factors that contribute to the high rates of sexual violence in Saskatchewan.
Aside from working at SASS, Demi enjoys painting, traveling, going to powwows and round dances. Demi loves to be very involved in her First Nation’s culture and ways of knowing whether that is attending ceremony, connecting with community and the land, going to feasts or simply learning from her grandmother and elders. She also loves spending time with her nephew whom she takes as a son, as well as her husband, her family and pets.