MSc Rural Planning and Development Candidate (Research Assistant, Fall Semester 2021 to Present)
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph
Jess Wakefield is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe descent from Lucan, Ontario. She is a band member of the Chippewas of Kettle and Stoney Point. Currently, she is a graduate student in the Rural Planning and Development program at the University of Guelph and student member of the OPPI Indigenous Planning Advisory Committee. Jess has an undergraduate degree in environmental science with a certificate in GIS from Queen’s University. She is also a graduate of the MES program at Western University and the GIS and Urban Planning program at Fanshawe College.
Jess is interested in Indigenous Planning, specifically how to bridge the westernized ‘planning’ profession with traditional ecological knowledge and Indigenous governance within First Nation communities. She also has interests in food and water security and empowering Indigenous youth in the field of planning.