Zongwe Binesikwe Crystal A. Hardy


  • Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, School of Nursing, Queen’s University, 2018-2022

  • Master of Public Health, Nursing Specialization, Lakehead University, 2010

  • Nurse Practitioner Certificate (retired), Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program, 2010

  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Lakehead University, 2005, First Class Standing

  • Indigenous Reporters Program, Journalists for Human Rights, 2021

Awards, Bursaries, Distinctions and Fellowships

  • Participant, Write Over Here Residency Online, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

  • JHR Emerging Indigenous Reporter Bursary, Journalists for Human Rights

  • JHR-TVO Covid-19 Story Bursary, Journalists for Human Rights & TVO

  • Mary N. Francis Fellowship, Queen’s University

  • The Phyllis Whitaker Award, Queen’s University

  • Robert Sutherland Fellowship, Queen’s University

  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipient, Lakehead University

Employment & Experience

  • Nurse Practitioner, Matawa Health Cooperative, Thunder Bay, ON

  • Lecturer, Lakehead University, School of Nursing, Thunder Bay, ON

  • Consultant, Matawa First Nations Management, Nursing Transfer

  • Regional Aboriginal Cancer Lead, Cancer Care Ontario, Thunder Bay, ON

  • Manager, Anishnawbe Mushkiki Health Services, Thunder Bay, ON

  • Nurse Practitioner, Anishnawbe Mushkiki Aboriginal Health Access Centre, ON

  • Nurse Practitioner, Dilico Family Health Team, Fort William First Nation

  • Registered Nurse, TBRHSC, Paediatric Acute Care

  • Mentor, STEPS Public Art Create Space Residency

  • Assessor, Literary Creations Projections Northern Panel, Ontario Arts Council

  • Canadian Press Mentorship, Journalists for Human Rights

  • Indigenous Reporters Online Program, Journalists for Human Rights

  • JHR-TVO Covid-19 Story Production, TVO

  • Programmer & Host, Zee’s Place, CILU 102.7 FM Thunder Bay, ON

  • Producer & Host, Under the Same Stars Podcast

Publications & Bylines

Past Community Involvement

  • Guest Workshop Presenter, Storytelling as Medicine, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Border Crossings Project

  • Workshop Presenter, Cultural Considerations Training Session, Hospice Northwest

  • Panellist, Blue Sky Community Healing Centre, Panel Discussion: Indigenous Spirituality of Being Two-Spirit

  • Workshop Presenter, Intro to Podcasting, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Border Crossings Project

  • Panellist, STEPS Public Art Create Space, Panel Discussion: Collective Use and Access for Future Spaces

  • Guest Lecturer, Storytelling for Social Change, University of Winnipeg, Conflict Resolution, Social Change, and the Arts

  • Guest Lecturer, Feminism, Activism & Creativity, University of Winnipeg, Women and Peacemaking

  • Workshop Presenter, Painting as Ceremony, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Border Crossings Project

  • Director, LU Radio Board of Directors, Thunder Bay, ON

  • Board Vice-Chair, Elevate NWO Board of Directors, Thunder Bay, ON

  • Guest Lecturer, Introduction to Indigenous Health, Lakehead University, School of Nursing

  • Guest Presenter, Decolonization and Environmental Justice, Ocean Bridge Youth Program, Ocean Wise, Vancouver, BC

  • Presenter, Cultural Humility, Indigenous Health Conference

  • Director, Mazinaajim Children’s Foundation Board of Directors

  • Spokesperson, Mazinaajim Children’s Foundation Rising Eagle Bursary Fund

  • Presenter, Indigenous Health Modules, Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

  • Presenter, Wee Che He Wayo Gamik Family Treatment Centre Youth Conference