She:kon / Hello / Bonjour
My name is Ellen Filippelli, and my ethnicity is a beautiful blend of Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) and Italian. I am a proud woman from the Wolf Clan and I reside on the Kanesatake Mohawk Territory. My Ista (mother) raised me and my siblings in Montreal but we kept strong ties to the Territory where most of our family lived. In the late 80’s I was drawn back to my Territory and People where I’ve been working and residing ever since. The journey that I took allowed me to gain the knowledge and experience needed to work in the field of justice and provide Indigenous Peoples guidance through the judicial system.
Niawenkowa / Thank-you / Merci