In keeping with time honoured traditions, we believe that our Elders can play an important role in supporting students during their time at McMaster. Bertha Skye has worked with the ISP and ASHS Offices for several years, and has played an integral role in enhancing the student experience for many. Bertha is a warm and welcoming presence in the Indigenous Studies Program Office and the Aboriginal Students Health Sciences (ASHS) office. Bertha is more than willing to provide support, guidance, laughter, friendship and a healthy meal.
Bertha grew up in the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan (and according to Bertha, this is the coldest place on earth!). She was formerly a cook at four different residential schools before she met her husband, Hubert Skye, and moved to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. In 1992 Bertha competed on a team comprised of other Native chefs from across Canada at the World Culinary Olympics. Her team competed against 14,000 other chefs from around the world, and took home the Grand Gold as well as winning the most medals of any of the other teams.
Bertha has lived in Six Nations for 53 years, and is the mother of three daughters and two sons. She also is the proud grandmother of six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to being an Elder at McMaster University, she also works as an Elder at Mohawk College. She also volunteers her time as a board member at the Six Nations Health Foundation. Come out and meet this incredible lady!