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Her father, she says, was the major influence in her life as he taught her to take on responsibilities that a young girl would not typically assume. She supposes the reason could be that she is the eldest of her two younger siblings. Growing up, Naomi would assist her father in the everyday occurrences of their home life. Her father, a commercial fisherman, trapper, hunter, wild rice harvester and seasonal guide, entrusted Naomi to caring for a kennel full of dogs. Her ability to manage the kennel provided her with the eventual expertise to administer shots to the dogs if they became ill. She would often be called to assist people in the community to care for their dogs, an unlikely reputation for a young girl.
Interestingly, her parents encouraged her to become actively involved in a variety of traditional sports. She would often be seen trudging roadside with her dogs practising for the next dog sled competition. In the summer season canoeing, hunting and fishing would be the choice sports. She views each experience as a means to meet interesting people. Competition, she says, is only one part of the whole picture. She recalls going on a bear hunting expedition with her father and brother. Instead of packing a rifle like her brother, she armed herself with technology - a camcorder.
They never actually shot the bear that came and went; instead she was more enamored at the beauty of her surroundings. She owes this experience as the pivotal moment where she knew that studying veterinary medicine would be the ideal career. Her aspirations took her to the University of Saskatchewan where she fully intended to study veterinary medicine but said she became discouraged by a colleague's attitude towards Aboriginal peoples in general. However, she did find the support she needed from what she calls the "right people" to continue her studies in a field near that of her passion - biology. Naomi is near the completion of her studies; wanting to encourage other students and with the help of supportive colleagues, she is involved in creating a mentor group. The group is designed to attract more Aboriginal peoples to the sciences and support them as they continue their studies. Naomi often expresses her longing to see more Aboriginal people getting interested in any science field, and this motivates her continual involvement in establishing this mentor group.
In addition to what seems to be a full life for such a young woman, she takes every opportunity to attend local environmental meetings and develop her knowledge that will benefit Aboriginal people in the future. Recent endeavors have allowed her to execute a
Naomi's long-term goal is to work for an Aboriginal group to do population studies, and more importantly, find work closer to home. Her passion for biology is apparent and although she is uncertain of her activities in the years to follow, she knows that whatever she does it will make a difference. Just as she credits her parents for influencing her chosen career, she is thankful for all the encouragement she has received from colleagues and former high school teacher, Tony Stewart. But for now, all she wants to do is graduate and take care of her son.