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Elder in Residence


Dr. Judith Clark is a Mi’kmaq woman Elder from Epekwitk, and member of Abegweit First Nation. Judy is a survivor of the Lennox Island Indian Day School and presented at the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. She has a long history of community service and activism within PEI and Canada. In recognition of her work and knowledge, Judy was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2017, and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.


Judy has received valuable teachings from the Elders of Mi’kma’ki and her family. She has also been influenced by a variety of Elders and teachings from across Turtle Island. She is humbled by the knowledge and skills that have been passed on by Mi’kmaq Elders and works to fulfill the responsibility of those teachings. Judy strives to ensure people have a better understanding of the Mi’kmaq of PEI. With the support of her husband, John, she leads her life in accordance with the teachings of her Elders. She is a proud mother of two daughters and has three granddaughters and a grandson.

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