Episode 3 of the pihtikwê podcast: Dr. Carol Hopkins – Culturally Based Means We Start From Culture First

Lulu Choy

Resource Developer, Gathering Our Knowledge Bundles

Lulu Choy is a certified Educator in Ontario and Quebec. She was born in Hong Kong and of Chinese ancestry but grew up in Ontario after immigrating to Turtle Island with her family at a young age. She currently resides on the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin people, otherwise known as Ottawa.

She completed both her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Education with a focus on Indigenous education at Queen’s University. After her studies, she had the privilege of teaching in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, for three years, which helped shape her understanding of the importance of culture in (w)holistic wellness and living a good life. During her time there, she built many beautiful relationships with community members and Elders that guided her to be a more culturally informed Educator.

After moving back to the South to be closer to her family, Lulu transitioned outside of the classroom but continued to work with communities and organizations to support Indigenous children at the Aaniish Naa Gegii: Children’s Health and Wellbeing Measure initiative (ACHWM). As the Community and Education Lead, she spearheaded the creation of the ACHWM Indigenous Children’s Wellness Special Award at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair. Through this position, she collaborated with Wellness workers on tailoring the measure to each community’s unique needs.

She is excited to join First Peoples Wellness Circle as the Resource Developer for the Gathering Our Knowledge Bundles project. She hopes to merge her skills in lesson and curriculum development and experience working with Wellness workers in this new role.

To keep herself grounded, Lulu loves to stay active through outdoor sports all year round, as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. She is passionate about trying new things, and from her time up North, she fell in love with sewing, winter camping, and ice fishing with her friends.