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Sydney Oakes completed her undergraduate degree at Trent University in Politics and Indigenous Studies, studied Indigenous eco-tourism models at the Universidad Tecnológica del Valle del Mezquital in Mexico, and completed her master’s degree at McMaster University in the Public Policy and Administration Program, where she was a contributor to 'Indigenous Futures: Research Sovereignty in a Changing Social Science Landscape' (2017). Previously, Sydney has worked as a Policy Analyst and member of the Research and Ethics Committee for the Six Nations Elected Council, a Fellow in the Ontario Legislative Internship Programme at Queen’s Park, and Owner of Political Consulting Solutions. Currently, Sydney is the Senior Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer and Provincial Government Relations lead for Chiefs of Ontario, which is the official non-partisan advocacy organization representing all 133 First Nations communities in Ontario.