Gail Valaskakis, PhD is the Director of Research for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. She has dedicated herself to helping Aboriginal Canadians address many of the challenges they face. During an illustrious academic career, she focussed much of her work on the question of Northern and Aboriginal media and communications. In addition to her work within the Foundation, she was also a founding member of the first post-secondary institution in eastern Canada, Manitou College, designed specifically for Aboriginal students. Dr. Valaskakis also helped create the Native Friendship Centre of Montréal.