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.
Indigenous peoples represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories.
Actors, Entertainers and Celebrities
Andrea MenardActor + Singer + Writer + Messenger
A Canadian Aboriginal Icon, Andrea Menard has performed for Royalty, Prime Ministers, Premiers, Ambassadors, Governor Generals, and even sang her song Peace to NATO’s Generals. From five-time Gemini-nominated actor to multiple award-winning singer/songwriter, Andrea’s electrifying, spiritual and heartfelt performances surpass the boundaries of culture and language and capture audiences of all ages and nations.
Colette BourgonjeTriumph + Perseverance + Inspiration
Colette Bourgonje’s story compels us to persevere. Her “Attitude is Everything” approach is why she was ranked one of the world’s foremost Paralympian’s. Nine time medalist in both summer and winter games, inductee into the Canadian Disability and Saskatoon Hall of Fame and winner of both Saskatoon and Saskatchewan’s Female Athlete of the Year, Colette’s career exemplifies that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
Dallas SooniasAthlete + Inspirational Keynote
Role Model, International Volleyball Star and Proud Aboriginal Canadian, Dallas Soonias means it when he says ‘Never Stop Reaching for New Heights’. Never taking life too seriously yet Dallas puts everything he has into what he does. This is all part of what Dallas passes on when helping youth realize their unlimited potential. Dallas’s fearless comic approach to life and sport keeps his audience on their toes and smiling.
Jack SaddlebackGender Equality + Education + Identity
Riveting, captivating, real, insightful, grounded, illuminated are just a few words to describe Jack Saddlebacks presentation of his life as a Cree Two-Spirited Champion. Jack’s life story embodies how one man’s spirit can help transform a community as well as individuals. We all need his message of self awareness, identity and embracing our authentic self. Jack Saddleback is a true gift to our society; he tears down the barriers that divide us all.
Kainoa HorcajoMessenger + Cultural Advisor + Visionary
Meeting Kainoa Horcajo is like standing next to the spirit of King Kamehameha. Just as his King united the Hawaiian Islands, Kainoa uses his cultural understanding to help bridge the gap between cultures. Renowned Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Emmy winning Television personality, TedxMaui Host and next generation Maui Maverick Leader, Kianoa Horcajo is championing Hawaiian perspectives to the world. Weaving cultural values into personal development, motivational messages, and productivity training, Kainoa invites his audience to embrace their personal gifts through a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian teachings.
Madelaine McCallumResilience + Healing + Growth
Gracing the stage with her graceful, gentle and powerful presence, Madelaine takes her audience through an extraordinary journey of transformation and healing. Through dance and the spiritual teachings of her father, Madelaine has found a compelling way to share her culture.
Madelaine’s life story is all about discovering “the Fire Within.”
Michael LinklaterHealthy Lifestyles + Youth Empowerment + Motivation
Ranked the #1 Basketball Player in North, South and Central America and #7 Player in the world for 3 on 3 in the International Basketball Federation, Michael Linklater has taken basketball to new heights. But these achievements were not easy. Michael came from humble beginnings and had to rise above the many easy solutions and temptations, and really get to know the ‘Power of the Mind’. Today Michael shares his inspiration with audiences of all ages helping them go beyond.
Michelle ThrushCaring + Creative + Inspiring
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.
'Savvy' Savannah SimonMotivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary
TEDx Speaker & WE DAY Champion, Savvy Simon is a global Positivity Powerhouse. Titled a “Kickass Canadian” and one of Canadian Livings Top 40 Female Change Makers, Savvy is changing the world with her message of ‘Positive Vibes Only.’ With a following of over 45,000, Simon is a rising social media star.
Susan AglukarkSinger + Songwriter + Inspirational Artist
Canadian Icon, three time Juno Award winner, Order of Canada recipient, and multiple Honorary Doctorate degree recipient, Dr. Susan Aglukark is a highly sought after motivational speaker. Susan has preformed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham, and The Countess Of Wessex. Her award winning and chart topping music created out of her passionate appeal to the heart of humanity is why Susan created held a number one song in Canada and a top forty hit in North America.