Kwe my name is Barbara Sarazin and I was born February 17, 1959. I am a member of the Algonquin’s of Pikwakanagan First Nation. My husband is Gary (Bull) Sarazin, we were married May 1980 he is my rock and life-long partner. I am a mother & grandmother and in my Pikwakanagan Community I am sister, auntie, mom and grandmother to many. My extracurricular activities include several Cultural activities such as Regalia Creations, Beading, & Cooking. I am seen as an Elder & Traditional Anishinabe Ikwe for my continued beliefs of healing in our Spiritual, Physical, Mental and Emotions for a more balanced Medicine Wheel.
My Life’s motto is With Creators Blessings, We are never too young or too old to work towards the betterment of Ourselves, Our Family, Our Community and Our Nation; and those of us in between are never too old or young to begin.
From my early education includes becoming a residential school survivor and have never let this hinder my educational endeavours. I hold several diplomas but my most recent is my pride for at the age of 58; I recently graduated from Ryerson University/First Nation Training Institute with a Bachelors of Social Work Degree as well as making the Dean’s List!
It is my passion and love for my first nation that I am a firm believer in our Algonquin history, laws, customs and traditions as these give me a true insight into who we are as Algonquin's of Pikwakanagan and taking our place within the Algonquin Nation.
I may be a new Council 2017 for the Algonquin’s of Pikwakanagan however I am a returning Councillor for I once served a 2 year term 1993-1995. I then went on to taking a course in Business/Office Administration at the Pembroke Algonquin College and went onto hold a position with the Prevention Services with Pikwakanagan until 2008. Due to an accident (I fell on the ice) I found myself at home and physical therapy to heal from my injuries. I overcame and went onto fulfilling my education endeavours. After graduation I was nominated and voted in once again to serve as Councillor!
In Spirit of Strong Political Relationships I Along with my colleagues; we find ourselves on new pathways and working collectively towards the betterment and more secure future in many social determinants of health that include Economic Growth. We are
faced with challenges and issues that are old but new to a Chief and Council body. We are involved with a Comprehensive Land Claim and exploring deeper into our Self-Government and Self-Determination initiatives.
My Political Motto: True Leadership hears the voices and follows the lead of their People! I am a firm believer in our Algonquin history, laws, customs and traditions as these give me a true insight into who we are as Algonquin's of Pikwakanagan and taking our place within the Algonquin Nation.
Blessing Pikwakanagan! Councillor Barbara Sarazin!