Blaire Gould is the Executive Director at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. She comes from the Mi’kmaq district of Unama’ki and is a proud L’nu’skw and speaker. She strives to advance the educational opportunities and rights for the Mi’kmaq people. Blaire has continued to pursue new and innovating ways to infuse language and culture into the 21st century. She is part of an inspiring team of Mi’kmaq scholars and educators whose collective and individual contributions to Mi’kmaw education have created space for Mi’kmaq innovation in the education system.
Blaire completed her Masters in Education from St. FX, her Bachelor of Education from St. FX and obtained her undergrad from CBU.
Over the past 10 years, Blaire has worked in several different roles for Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. She began her career as the Mi’kmaw Language Coordinator and moved on to become the Director of Programs and Services. She has worked with some amazing teams to develop apps and our very own assessment called L’nuimk. She has also been very fortunate to work with our Language Advisory committee and the Education Working Group.
As of October 2019, Blaire became the Executive Director of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. In her role as Executive Director, language remains her highest priority. She has a passion for lifelong learning and providing access to opportunities in education for all of our communities.
Blaire lives in Eskasoni with her husband Tandy. They have 4 children Kristina, Lexi, Elenie, and Tandy, and 3 dogs Lola, Chloe and Tobi.
In her free time she attends her children’s recreational activities which include dance, archery, athletics for her daughters, and hockey and baseball for her son.
She also enjoys going on vacation and adventures with her family – whether it is local or destination.
Blaire also loves to collect baskets and buying Indigenous/Mi’kmaw earrings.