Jean Catherine Knockwood from Indian Brook First Nations was joined KMKNO as the Mi’kmaq Governance Researcher. Jean is a devoted mother, grandmother, researcher, educator and a storyteller. She has counseled and assisted Aboriginal peoples who have decided to further their education, either within the university, community college or high school.
Jean is the founder of the Indian Brook School that serves grades primary to grade 12. She worked as the School Principal/Manager for 4 years. Jean worked nine years for Dalhousie University and the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq as the Native Education Counsellor before pursing a masters in educational administration.
Jean has worked as a consultant with various universities on health and education research, and with the Mi’kmaw Employment and Training Secretariat (METS) as the Executive Director. Jean held an elected position as councillor with the Shubenacadie Band and two years as the vice-president of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians.
She lives at the Shubenacadie reserve with her husband Bernie, daughter Catherine and granddaughter Emmaline.