Anita Olsen Harper, PhD (Education), is a member of the Lac Seul First Nation in Northwestern ON. Born and raised on the traditional territories of the Anishinaawbe people, she has an in-depth awareness and understanding of Indigenous issues.
Anita has a B.Ed (Adult Education) and M.A. (Heritage Conservation). Her primary expertise is in community engagement, Indigenous adult education/training, health and well-being, community-based participatory research and Indigenous knowledge translation.
She is a member of the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee (IHAC) for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). For the past 4 years, Anita was a Trustee of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and sat on the Advisory Committee for Equity and the Special Education Advisory Committee within the OCDSB. In these positions, she advocated for delivering education in ways that are compatible to Indigenous peoples’ ways of thinking, and promoting the well-being of special needs students and for all learners.
She is an independent contractor and works with the RCMP in Reconciliation efforts.