Melissa Hammell

Senior Associate

Melissa Hammell is a Certified Integral Facilitator® and community connector with over 20 years of experience working with urban Indigenous communities.

Melissa seeks to honour her Anishinaabe (Kitigan Zibi) and European roots by bringing voices from different cultures together in a welcoming and respectful way. She has been involved in the creation of high school enrichment programs, cultural camps, social enterprises and major fundraising events.

As a Senior Associate with First Peoples Group since 2018, Melissa has designed and led major reconciliation initiatives, multi-stakeholder engagements, and community conversations with several Indigenous organizations, municipalities, government departments, businesses and not-for-profits. She is passionate about cultural heritage, Indigenous design and “two-eyed seeing” approaches to healthcare and environmental problem-solving.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Waterloo (2005), a certificate in Integral Facilitation from Ten Directions (2022), and is a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). At the community level, Melissa is involved with several organizations including as a community support for Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth and a board member with the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Melissa is based in Ottawa (unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory) where she lives with her husband and three children.