Andrea Currie grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a member of the Métis Nation. She is the mother of one teenage daughter, Rowan, and they live in the town of Port Hood on Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island). Andrea lost her connection to her Métis culture when she was adopted away from her community during the Sixties Scoop. With the help of her loving birthfamily, she has become a strong advocate within the Métis community, travelling to Winnipeg and participating in and celebrating her culture whenever she can, and educating people here on the East coast about the Historic Métis Nation.
For the past twelve years, she has worked as the community-based Clinical Therapist in We’koqma’q First Nation. In addition to clinical counselling, she facilitates support groups for people living with chronic mental illness, for Two-Spirited community members, and for the caregivers of people living with mental illness. Andrea also offers a range of wellness programs, such as guided medicine walks, community forums on prescription drug misuse, and community appreciation days. She works closely with the We’koqma’q Residential School Survivors, an amazingly empowered group of elders who keep her busy with their activities which aim to help their families and community heal from the impact of the residential school. Andrea also chairs the We’koqma’q Interagency Committee and is a founding member of We’koqma’qewiskwa, a women’s traditional hand drumming group from We’koqma’q.
Andrea is the President of the Indigenous Circle Chapter of her professional association, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and has recently been elected to serve as the Nova Scotia Director on the National Board of CCPA.
Andrea believes that understanding the impact of colonial trauma on Indigenous communities as well as the strengths that have enabled us to survive is essential to the provision of culturally safe healing and health services. She provides cultural safety training for mental health practitioners in Indigenous communities and in mainstream mental health, and teaches a course on Indigenous Mental Health in the M.Ed. in Counselling program at Acadia University. She is challenged by the depth and breadth of the need for healing in our Indigenous communities and inspired by the depth and breadth of our communities’ resilience and strengths.