Grandmother Pauline Shirt was born and raised in Saddle Lake Reserve, Alberta.
Grandmother Pauline is greatly recognized for her commitment to the Toronto Native community and for her dedication as a teacher and lecturer since the late sixties. She is a member of the Three Fires Society and the Buffalo Dance Society. She is a Founder of the First Nations School and the Red Willow, just two examples of her hard work ethic and perseverance to enhancing the betterment of the Toronto Aboriginal community.
Today, Pauline serves as a mentor to many Aboriginal youth and young families as an experienced and trusted Grandmother. She also works in all levels of government conducting Opening Prayers and attending meetings, making sure the Aboriginal community is positively recognized as she offers a voice for her people.