ONC Staff Profile
Indigenous Community Learning Coordinator, User Services
Mercedes grew up within Coast Salish territory on Vancouver Island, surrounded by the Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea. Mercedes is Algonquin from the Greater Golden Lake First Nation in Ontario and is also of British ancestry. Mercedes attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where she obtained a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography.
Mercedes is the Indigenous Community Learning Coordinator at Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). In this role, Mercedes establishes and strengthens ONC’s relationships with Indigenous communities where underwater cabled observatories are proposed as well as existing. Mercedes also work closely with teachers, educational districts, and rural communities to develop and implement STEM projects that include Indigenous perspectives and local knowledge of the ocean. This includes the development of place-based resources for the OceanSense education program and leading the Youth Science Ambassador program throughout British Columbia and in the Canadian Arctic.