Stephanie Seymour is an Anishinaabe Kwe from Garden River First Nation who is currently conducting research for her PhD in Forest Sciences at Lakehead University. Her research focuses on the potential for forests to reduce or eliminate diesel use in remote Ojibwe and Cree communities in northwestern Ontario from both a scientific and holistic approach. Stephanie has a knowledge of historical and modern issues facing Indigenous people, and has a background in forestry, and resource development and management. Her knowledge about natural resources and Indigenous people is complemented by her understanding of policies which affect both resources and people. Throughout her education journey, Stephanie has used her ability to see the forest through the trees, and water and resource management from different perspectives. Stephanie’s experience is shaped by both her formal education but also by her experiences in her community and her families. By offering an objective and balanced perspective, Stephanie promotes a collegial and collaborative relationship between Indigenous people and industries, governments, and organizations. As an indigenous student and scholar, Stephanie hopes to inspire other indigenous youth to bring the voices of indigenous people into the academy and to build bridges between Indigenous and non-indigenous communities while promoting sustainable development and use of natural resources. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Stephanie also volunteers her time to serve as the Lakehead University Native Students Association (LUNSA) representative on the Lakehead University Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council (O-AGC). Stephanie is dedicated in working with Aboriginal youth and visits the local and regional high schools in delivering the Aboriginal Mentorship Program (AMP) as the Assistant Coordinator.