Bear ClanBeatrice Twance-Hynes

Beatrice Twance-Hynes is from the Bear Clan (maternal), Deer Clan (paternal), and a member of the Pic River First Nation. She has lived in Thunder Bay since 1979 with her husband Gerry. They have a son, Gerald, and a daughter, April.

Beatrice has a Native Teacher’s Certificate from Lakehead University, and an Ontario Management Development Certificate from Confederation College, and some courses in personnel and business administration. She is currently working in Human Resources at Dilico Anishinabe Family Care, and actively participates on their cultural committee.

Beatrice is a traditional women’s dancer who makes her own regalia. She got married in 1986 in a white deer skin dress that she made herself. She is a grandmother pipe carrier, a sacred circle facilitator, songwriter, singer and drummer. She has done teachings on the Medicine Wheel, the Sacred Medicines, and the Seven Sacred Grandfathers, and the hand drum.

She coordinates hand drumming circles at Anishinabe Mushkiki and the Dilico Treatment Centre on a monthly basis. She was a member of the Mushkowzee Ekwewak (Drum Group) from Oct/2000 to March/2006, and sings with them, as called upon, if she is available. She enjoys singing once a month at the Kitchitwa Kateri Church as a member of the Kateri Singers (Drum Group) as of September 2004. Beatrice is the founding member of the Medicine Wheel Spirit Singers (Drum Group) as of April 2006.

Her spiritual names are – Big Eagle Woman and White Horse Spirit Woman.