Tori-Lynn Wanotch is of Mohawk and German descent. She was born in Fort Vermilion, Alta. and raised between Saskatoon and the Canoe Lake Cree Nation.
Tori-Lynn is a fashion designer with a background in business and trauma recovery therapy. She has served in elected and volunteer leadership roles with many organizations such as Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle Corporation, the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the City of Saskatoon. As a leader, spent her time working to raise awareness for social issues effecting Aboriginal women, including violence against women and girls, healthy sexuality, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Tori-Lynn started her volunteer career at the early age of seven, often at church functions or community/school programs, alongside her single mother whom she was raised by. Her mother was a positive influence, teaching her to be compassionate and lead by example. This is demonstrated by Tori-Lynn’s career path focused on mental health, community, culture and youth development.
Tori-Lynn continues her work of community activism, workshops and entrepreneurialism. She has traveled extensively—from Hawaii to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—to speak about violence prevention, safety, self-confidence and self-empowerment.