Andrea L. K. Johnston

Andrea Johnston

Ahneen, Andrea L.K. Johnston nindizhinikaaz. I started  Johnston Research Inc. in 2001. Neyaashiinigmiing ndojeba, Toronto ndindaa.  Mikinaak dodem. I have been working full-time in the field of Indigenous evaluation for over 20 years. I believe strongly in the reconciliation between Indigenous and Western thought in the field of evaluation. This is what drives my work as an evaluator – striving to find better ways to document the  truth. As a trainer in Indigenous evaluation I seek to share knowledge. My view is that we are born as unbiased evaluators; however we need help as adults to re-learn how to wear an unbiased lens that will lead us to the truth in our work as evaluators. This logic leads me to believe that evaluative thinking can be taught.   The traditional name of my ancestral territory means body of land that sticks out into a large body of water. My family is located on the Bruce Peninsula, about halfway up on the east-side nestled between Georgian Bay and dolomite limestone escarpment cliffs. I was born and raised in the Native community of Toronto, am a little beaver graduate, and was trained and mentored as an evaluator for six years in my youth within the Native community of Toronto.