Reanna Erasmus (Wii-tsuts-koom) is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation with roots in the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, BC. For the past twenty years, Reanna has been involved with the Aboriginal Head Start Program Urban and Northern Communities. She was the Program Manager for 18 years, managing the Done Necha-lia Gha Enitl'e Ko Aboriginal Head Start Centre in Ndilo, Northwest Territories (NT). Using both current research in early childhood and her experiences, Reanna ensured the program was a rich and developmentally appropriate for children in Ndilo.
As well, Reanna played an integral role on the Western Arctic Aboriginal Head Start Council (WAAHSC), working collaboratively with seven communities in the NT, to ensure all programs were evaluated with published results. During this time, WAAHSC created an Aboriginal Head Start curriculum that is used in all seven programs in the NT. Even in retirement, Reanna continues to work with WAAHSC on new projects.
Reanna has been involved in education for over forty years, from Aboriginal Head Start to post-secondary education. In 2015, Reanna was inducted into the Government of the Northwest Territories Education Hall of Fame for her work in early childhood. Aurora College also presented Reanna an honorary certificate in Early Childhood Education in 2012.
Reanna believes in lifelong learning and supporting all children to achieve their dreams.