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Gertie Linklater

Gertie Linklater

Mental Health Worker


Hello! my name is Gertie Linklater. I was born and raised in Moosonee. I am a Fort Albany First Nations member; however I have never lived on reserve. 

I am one of 11 children: 7 brothers and 3 sisters. Both my parents are now deceased along with three of my oldest brothers.  I attended Residential School at Bishop Hordan hall in Moose Factory and was there for three years along with six other siblings.

I left Moosonee in 1991 and relocated to North Bay for 25 years and decided to go back to school.  I attended 5 different treatment centres and I can proudly say I have been sober for 29 years.  While I was living in North bay, I also attended post-secondary school and obtained certificates in General Arts, Science, and Native Drug & Alcohol Counselor and I obtained Diplomas in  Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention and Social Service Worker. 

Once my children were old enough to get out on their own, I decided to return to Moosonee as I wanted to give back to the James Bay communities. I am glad to say I have had the opportunity to work in all the James bay communities since my return to the area.  My employment since returning has been with WAHA 2014-2020 as an Addictions Counselor and Regional Concurrent Disorder Worker.  Payukotayno 2009-2014 as a Child Intervention Worker, Community Care Worker and in the Parenting Program.

In my leisure time, I enjoy attending sweats, meditating and walking.  I am also a people person and enjoy talking to anyone and everyone. 


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