Allison Flett has countless fond memories of the Wood Buffalo region, but one she counts as her favourite came from a terrible experience.
“As awful as evacuation from the Wildfire was, when you had time to sit and think about it, when you were safe, it was so heart-warming how everyone helped each other and made sure other families and complete strangers were okay,” she said. “It gave you reassurance of the fast-paced world we live in”
The experience brought Flett’s lifelong love for the region to a whole new level.
A proud member of the Mikisew Cree Nation, Flett was raised in Fort Chipewyan by a traditional family.
In 1994, she moved to Fort McMurray. Flett has filled many roles since making the move, which include becoming a mother and wife.
Her other jobs have included working as a tradesperson, owning her own embroidery business, serving as Indigenous Liaison in Fort McMurray schools, and today she works at CEDA.
“I am currently in a role at CEDA that lets me take part in many community events and different training initiatives and job fairs across our operating region, all the while sharing my culture and supporting the Indigenous communities through community investment,” she said.
Her work has great importance to Flett as she describes she’s “a huge advocate for revitalizing our Indigenous culture and I think with Canada being on the path of Truth and Reconciliation, it is very important to share and relearn our culture, so it is not lost or forgotten.”
Flett is also passionate about hockey. As the Vice President of the Wood Buffalo Native Youth Hockey Club, together with her husband, Thomas Flett, they helped their sons start the Fort Mac Hockey Bros’ Fill The Box Campaign.
“I think I have many favorite times in the RMWB, especially at the hockey rinks enjoying coffee, chatting, and laughing with friends, all while cheering on my boys and their friends.”