Renfrew County District School Board and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Announces Newly Appointed Indigenous Trustee

Posted on Monday May 29, 2023

Renfrew County District School Board and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Announces Newly Appointed Indigenous Trustee 

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) are pleased to announce Christina Ruddy as the new Indigenous Trustee. Effective June 1st, 2023, at 11:30am Trustee Ruddy will be sworn-in at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees. She was appointed to the role by the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Chief and Council this May. 

As a proud Algonquin woman of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Christina has spent her career working to empower Indigenous youth through education, art, and role modeling. Trustee Ruddy has worked in grass roots movements such as Friendship Centres, in post-secondary institutions at Georgian College, Lakehead University, and in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education. Since returning to the Ottawa Valley in 2012, she has become a passionate advocate for reconciliation in the National Capital Region. 

Trustee Ruddy is a successful alumnus of the first graduating class of the Native Community and Social Development program from Georgian College, and in 2012 received the Board of Governor’s award of Excellence - Distinguished Alumni - for her work with Indigenous youth.

Trustee Ruddy has collaborated with educators and administrators from multiple school boards across Turtle Island, worked as a mentor with Indigenous artists, and has shared her experiences as an Algonquin artist and researcher at several conferences. In 2018 Trustee Ruddy, along with Dr. Ruth Beatty, were awarded the Indigenous Partnership Research Award during Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation awards ceremony as a testament to her leadership in this project.   

“The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Chief and Council place our full confidence in Christina as she begins her new role representing our interests at the RCDSB helping our students to achieve their full potential,” said Chief Greg Sarazin.

In 2019 Trustee Ruddy became a published contributing author with Rubicon Publishing for the publication “My Best Ideas – Math”, along with several other nationally renowned STEAM leaders. In April of 2022 she was again published alongside several other Indigenous creators in a publication entitled “Resurgence” with Portage & Main publishing. 

“The Board of Trustees of the RCDSB is thrilled to once again have an Indigenous voice at our table.  We are very proud of our work to date with our Pikwakanagan partners in providing meaningful learning experiences for our students. The addition of Christina Ruddy as our new Indigenous Trustee will enhance and further support this work towards truth and reconciliation.” said Susan Humphries,” Chair of the Board of Trustees.

As a community leader dedicated to the preservation of Indigenous culture, and through her passion of empowering Indigenous youth to celebrate their identity, language, and culture, the RCDSB is looking forward to welcoming Trustee Ruddy to her new and important role on the RCDSB Board of Trustees. 

Media is welcome to attend the swearing in ceremony, Thursday, June 1st, 2023 at 11:30am. RCDSB Board office, 1270 Pembroke Street West. 

For more information or to RSVP, please reach out to:


Hannah MacMillan

Communications Officer

Renfrew County District School Board

613-735-0151 Ext. 2215


Shelley Wilcox

Manager, Education Services

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation

613- 625-2800 Ext. 239