Full Name
Diane Roussin
Project Director
The Winnipeg Boldness Project
Speaker Bio
Diane Roussin is an Anishinaabe ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ community leader passionately committed to the pursuit of mino bimaadiziwin(the good life) for all families and children. Her in-depth knowledge of Indigenous issues and solutions flow directly from her strong sense of identity and worldview. She is a proud member of Skownan First Nation in Agowidiiwinan Treaty 2 Territory.

Diane is currently the Project Director of The Winnipeg Boldness Project, an ambitious social innovation initiative seeking to create large scale systems change for children and families in the Point Douglas neighbourhood.

Working tirelessly, primarily in Winnipeg’s inner city, for initiatives that promote Indigenous People’s values, world views and ways of knowing, being, doing and feeling, she has led many projects and organizations including as Executive Director of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, as Co-Director of Community Education Development Association, and as Coordinator of The Centennial Neighbourhood Project. She is adept at leading collaborative processes that involve numerous cross-sector partners and stakeholders.

Diane serves on the Board of Directors of Animikii Indigenous Technology, the Winnipeg Foundation and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She is a member of the Indigenous Advisory Council at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and Chair of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative Council.

Diane presented at TEDx Winnipeg in June 2018 on the topic of Indigenous social innovation and in January 2018, was awarded the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal for Outstanding Indigenous Leadership. She is a recipient of the Manitoba Women Trailblazers Award by the Nellie McClung Foundation. Diane holds both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work Degrees.
Diane Roussin