About Dr. Jennifer Leason
My name is Jennifer Leason and my Saulteaux name is Kessis Sagay-Yas Egett Kwé: First Shining Rays of Sunlight Woman. I am of diverse Canadian ancestry and self-identify as a Saulteaux- Métis Anishinaabek. My maternal Indigenous roots are from Duck Bay, Pine Creek First Nation and Camperville, Manitoba; and my paternal Ukrainian-Norwegian roots are from Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan.
I am the mother of two children: Lucas (age 8) and Lucy (age 6). I am the daughter of Patricia Valerie Marie Fagnan and Roger Allan Leason. On my maternal Indigenous side, I am the granddaughter of Cecile Eva Chartrand and George Fagnan; the great granddaughter of Elise Beauchamp and Arthur Jacque (Jimmy) Chartrand and Marie Pélagie Okanens Moosetail and Louison Fagnan. Elise Beauchamp was the daughter of Philoméne Klyne and Jean Beauchamp (son of Nancy Chartrand and Joseph Beauchamp).
Arthur Jacque Chartrand was the son of Julia Brass (daughter of Julia McLeod of Pelly and George Brass) and William Gédeon Chartrand (son of Sophie Genaille and William Chartrand). Marie Pélagie Okanens Moosetail was the daughter of Isabelle Atchakwe (daughter of Mary Stevens and Jean Baptiste Atchakwe) and Francoise Moosetail of Riding Mountain: Keeseeekoowenin Band (son of Moosoahnoh Saulteaux and Kates Saulteaux).