Of more than 130 clinically useful major prescriptive drugs that are derived from plants over 70% came to the attention of pharmaceutical companies because of Indigenous peoples use in traditional forms of medicine.
While Indigenous peoples total only about 6% of the world's population, they represent 90% of the cultural diversity.
The International Indigenous Speakers Bureau-IISB is about creating opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to connect, and build bridges, by providing access to a wealth of Indigenous Speakers around the world.
IISB is about opening doors for talented, experienced or emerging Indigenous Speakers, and Knowledge-keepers, by helping them share their unique perspectives, solutions, and world views around the globe. At the same time, IISB works to empower the Speakers experience and ensure their talents are honoured appropriately.
At the International Indigenous Speakers Bureau, we believe that building bridges is possible, and that through education and understanding we will create prosperous pathways for all our future generations.
IISB turns to the United Nations for insight into the term “Indigenous”. The UN states that although the term is generic, in various countries there are many ways to describe the “indigenous” people of that place, including tribes, first peoples/nations, aboriginals, ethnic groups, adivasi, janajati.
Inspire. Empower. Uplift.
To help Indigenous speakers and knowledge-keepers share their gifts on a global stage, give audiences an opportunity to access the wealth of indigenous knowledge and perspectives, and bring together a world of unlimited possibilities.
- Represent Indigenous speakers by negotiating fair value agreements;
- Create a strong presence of Indigenous speakers on-line;
- Build bridges between cultures;
- Improve the financial sustainability of Indigenous speakers;
- Help emerging speakers find their voice;
- Relationship building
- Positive and inspiring messages
- Honour, Respect, and trustworthiness
Our objectives are quite simple:
- Create a safe and respectful platform for indigenous and non-indigenous people to come together and learn from one another;
- Promote Indigenous speakers on a world stage;
- Empower our Indigenous people to value their gifts and talents;
- Assist the development of emerging speakers;
- Ensure Indigenous speakers are seen, heard and valued around the globe.
We come from the world of story-tellers and we understand the power of the spoken word. Stories can heal, inspire and transform lives.
Featured in CBC’s Moccassins & Concrete documentary and having performed with the likes of Serena Ryder, Andrea Menard, Plex and many others, Eddy Robinson’s perspective and drum beats are highly sought after.
Eddy Robinson is a caring and motivated educator, speaker, and life changer. He speaks to the need for understanding the benefits of knowing your culture. Eddy will enlighten and entertain with passionate, personal narratives, along with a depth of insight into indigenous culture and knowledge.
Named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s "Future 40", Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is Canada's first self-identified First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy. As President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and member of numerous other boards Swidrovich brings his successful multiversity experience of bridging organizational needs with Health Care mandates. Passionate about health, education, and how Indigenous and marginalized people are impacted at local, provincial, national, and international levels, Dr. Swidrovich delivers powerful presentations illustrating how we can all be part of the cure and partake in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action.
Gemini Award winning Actress, and multi-award nominee, including Best Lead Actress and Best Actress in a TV series, powerhouse celebrity Michelle Thrush knows what it takes to light up a stage. Wit, humour, passion, and creativity are just a few of Michelle’s attributes, outside of celebrity, that draw her to stages world-wide. Whether she is speaking from her heart, hosting galas, or breaking down the barriers of stereotypes, Michelle engages, captivates, and moves audiences to feel and see her unique vision of life.
Multi-award winning International Leadership Speaker and Author, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois is known as "The Face of New Zealand" inspires with the timeless wisdom from the Maori culture. This Modern day warrior’s presentation on "Ancient Wisdom Modern Solutions" is why he is the recipient of the National Professional Speakers Association, New Zealand Inspirational Speaker of the Year. A Maori leader, Ngahi combines centuries of tradition, along with his hands-on business experience, and academic qualifications to bring a message that transcends cultural boundaries.