Cassidy Caron is a Métis woman with roots in the historic Métis communities of Batoche and St. Louis, Saskatchewan. She grew up closely connected to her Métis traditions, heritage and culture and is driven by her family and community values of respect, honesty and responsibility.
Cassidy is a Nation builder. Utilizing the knowledge, skills and perspectives acquired through her formal education, professional and political experiences, as well as through her deep community involvement, Cassidy’s goal is to explore and utilize innovative approaches to community development and Nation building, which promote effective collaboration and understanding between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
Prior to launching her own consultancy, Cassidy gained over 3.5 years of professional research and program evaluation experience working with an award winning, all-Indigenous research and program evaluation firm. Her work as a consultant has focused on researching and evaluating programs and initiatives implemented in, by and for Indigenous communities throughout Canada in areas such as Indigenous justice and crime prevention, women’s safety and wellness, education, cultural safety, Indigenous health and health promotion, reconciliation, youth programming, mental health, addictions and wellness, economic development, food security and Indigenous governance.
Cassidy branched off as an independent consultant in the fall of 2018, and is continuing to work with both provincially and nationally administered programs that aim to serve and support Indigenous peoples and communities. In 2019, Cassidy joined First Peoples Group’s circle of Indigenous consultants bringing her expertise in community-based research with a specific focus on the utilization of Indigenous research methodologies, program evaluation, policy development, meeting and workshop facilitation and strategic planning to the team. She is dedicated to working in partnership with clients to ensure all deliverables are meaningful and in support of their own aspirations for the future.
Cassidy also brings with her, vast political experience. She served a four-year term as a provincially-elected representative of the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), serving as the Provincial Métis Youth Chair and MNBCs Minister Responsible for Youth. Through her role with MNBC, Cassidy supported the coordination, design, resourcing, implementation and evaluation of innovative, culturally-grounded engagement and leadership development opportunities for Métis youth within all levels of MNBC’s governance. Cassidy gained valuable experience as an advocate for the Métis people working closely with cabinet ministers, senior officials and ministerial special representatives to negotiate and design Métis youth-specific funding provisions and policy considerations at the provincial and national levels.
Cassidy is a passionate public speaker, talented facilitator, and strong advocate. She works with the community at heart and is guided by her ancestors who led before her while being mindful of the generations of leaders who will come behind her. Cassidy recognizes the power of bringing together individuals from all walks of life to work together in a spirit of collaboration and harmony, while respecting one another’s history, traditions, ways of knowing and being, to co-create a positive, healthy and beneficial pathway forward for all.