Erin Freeland Ballantyne

24 Nov

Erin Freeland Ballantyne: Role Model

I first met Erin over a year and a half ago, through mutual friends and other life-long Yellowknifers. If you don’t know Erin, let me introduce you…

Erin is a member of the board of directors for Dechinta: Bush University Centre for Research and Learning. Dechinta describes itself as a northern-led initiative delivering land-based, university credited educational experiences led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors to engage northern and southern youth in a transformative curricula based on the cutting-edge needs of Canada’s North.

This right here is one pretty amazing educational institution. To the chagrin of a lot of Northerners, when the Royal couple visited Dechinta this past summer, the media played this as some little eco-lodge commune where youth and elders frolic in the woods and take study breaks between moose hide tanning duties.

So what are Erin’s credentials for being part of this cute little “bush school”? Sit down for this one.

She was born and raised in Sǫ̀mba K’è/ Yellowknife on Akaitcho territory and was the first Rhodes Scholar from Canada’s North. Erin holds a BA Honors in International Development Studies at McGill University and Msc in Environmental Policy from Oxford University. Currently working on a PhD at Oxford, looking at the disjuncture between climate change and its effect on human security and health, amidst a regional focus on oil and gas extraction and the challenge this presents for sustainable community development. Erin uses participatory video research to involve youth in research to create education tools to support community health.

And now that you feel like an uneducated moron, like myself, let me point out that she’s also an artist, aspiring actor, and loving mother.

We did these photos for a media kit we’re putting together for a few of her personal projects she has on the go. She said “you know, you don’t really have a lot of women on your blog.” So she graciously agreed to let me post these for all the world to see (or at least the 8 of you who read this). So, without further adieu, I give you the lovely Erin Freeland Ballantyne, a model Northerner.



4 Responses to “Erin Freeland Ballantyne”

  1. Tanya Kasteel November 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Great article Pat! An amazing woman for sure….on top of everything you said, she is also amazingly beautiful and sexy….you captured her well! Welldone you two!!!

  2. November 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Nice work Pat – sounds like quite the lady. Love the 3rd row left shot in particular.

  3. Alanna Fitzgerald November 27, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Some great photos of a beauty. Erin is a one-of-a-kind lady and we are lucky to have her! xo

  4. Aliya April 5, 2013 at 2:53 am #

    You forgot to mention that she is a FABULOUS cousin!!

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