Diane Roussin is a passionate community leader committed to the pursuit of pimadaziwin (the good life) for all families and children. Her in-depth knowledge of Indigenous issues and solutions flow directly from her strong sense of identity and worldview. A proud member of Skownan First Nation, Diane is currently the Project Director of the Winnipeg Boldness Project, an ambitious social innovation initiative seeking to create large-scale systems change for children and families in the Point Douglas neighbourhood. She’ll speak to us about pimatsiwin, Indigenous wisdom, world views and perspectives naturally cultivate innovation, which offers universal solutions that can enable all of us to thrive at TEDxWinnipeg on June 13.

We asked Diane a few questions to get to know her a bit better before the big day:

1. What’s on your playlist at the moment?

I love A Tribe Called Red.

2. How did you come up with your idea, and how did you develop it into something shareable?

I have worked my entire career and life with Indigenous wisdom. Over the last 4 years, I have focused on bringing together Indigenous wisdom and social innovation methodologies.

3. What motivates you?

My children & all children. I would move mountains for my kids, they inspire and motivate on so many levels.

4. What’s your connection to Winnipeg, or Manitoba?

I have lived in Winnipeg since the mid 90’s. I am proud of Winnipeg’s vibrant, successful Indigenous community.

5. Have you ever had a teacher or professor that made a real impact on you?

I am entirely grateful and extremely privileged to have been mentored by many strong, brilliant Indigenous women in Winnipeg.

6. Are you a starter or a finisher?

Both.

7. What TED Talk do you think everyone should see?

Sonya Ballantyne’s “If I Don’t See Myself, How Do I Know I Exist?”