Leslie is the administrative producer for Reckoning and ARTICLE 11 thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts and their DSATO program.
Leslie’s partner of twelve years – Lindy – is a second generation survivor of residential schools and 6th generation descendant of Mookomaanish, a war chief from the War of 1812. Over 10 members of his family, including Leslie’s mother in-law and aunties, attended Spanish Indian Residential School, close to Manitoulin Island. Leslie’s grandfather was a fluent language speaker, teacher and musician who worked towards preserving the language and Mississauga dialect. Leslie’s maternal grandmother is also a fluent language speaker. Leslie and Lindy have made a commitment towards actively learning their language before starting a family of their own. Although no one in Leslie’s immediate family attended IRS, the waves from the residential school legacy can be felt throughout her community, Curve Lake First Nation.