Kathy Mallett is a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation and was born and raised in Winnipeg. Kathy attended schools in the inner city of Winnipeg. She has a history degree from the University of Winnipeg. She has been involved in the Aboriginal community for well over 40 years. Her involved in various issues dealing with education, housing, violence against women, child welfare, international development, community, and economic development. Currently, Kathy is on the board of Reconciliation Thunder and a community member on the Manitoba Research Alliance.
Kathy’s first community recognition came when she received in 1985 YWCA Woman of the Year in Community Service. She also received in 2011 the Order of Manitoba [O.M], and in the same year was inducted in Kanikanichihk’s 12the Annual “Keeping the Fires Burning.” Lastly, in 2015 Kathy was recognized by the Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba office.