Nicole Nicolas-Bayer grew up in Timmins, Ontario and is a citizen of Mattagami First Nation, a signatory to Treaty #9 which has grounded her in Anishinaabe history and community. Nicole has a passion for educational change at all levels and hopes to drive positive learning experiences for First Nations peoples, community and society. She is currently completing her Master's Degree in Indigenous Relations with a focus in education, and she holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from Nipissing University and an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree from Laurentian University. Nicole has participated in the field of education for almost 10 years in various capacities. Nicole has worked at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, with a particular focus in Indigenous education, curriculum development and delivering professional development for educators within provincial and First Nations community school boards. Nicole currently holds the position of First Nations Lifelong Learning Research and Project Coordinator at the Chiefs of Ontario. Within this position, she works to shape First Nations education within the Provincial Education system in a way that improves the academic achievement and well-being of First Nations students.