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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.”

Ernie LouttitHonesty + Integrity + Leadership

Award-winning author of “The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership”, Ernie Louttit provides audiences with an honest and insightful look into his journey. Revealing the truth on a number of taboo topics, Ernie explores the often-contentious issues of policing from an Indigenous perspective. With a passion for progressive leadership and social justice advocacy, Ernie paves the way to a future of empathy and tolerance.

Jack SaddlebackGender Equality + Education + Identity

Riveting, captivating, real, insightful, grounded, and illuminated, these are just a few words that have been used to describe Jack Saddleback’s presentation of his life as a Cree Two-Spirit Champion. Saddleback has won numerous awards, including Red Cross’s 2018 SK Young Humanitarian of the Year, CBC’s 2016 Future 40 Under 40, and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network 2015 Young Eagles Award. Jack’s life story embodies how one person’s spirit can help transform a community, while providing validation to struggling trans youth.

Joel PedersenSuccessful + Powerful + Motivated

There is only one First Nations Chief Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and Joel Pedersen is it. As most senior non-commissioned officer appointed by the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, Joel Pedersen is the embodiment of what it takes to reach the top and never give up. Decorated soldier, Police Sergeant and Fitness Guru. Joel inspires audiences to do more than what is expected, to appreciate your strengths and limitations and to develop their leadership potential.

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John HerringtonMentor + Naval Aviator + Astronaut + Educator

Featured on the International Air and Space Hall of Fame and the National Native American Hall of Fame, John Herrington’s road to success was carved out of the trials and tribulations of his early life. A meritorious Naval Aviator who later became the first Indigenous person to venture into space, Herrington is an expert at transforming audiences—inspiring them to find the perseverance, “ancestral purpose”, and resilience required to overcome any obstacle.

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Jolene StockmanAutistic Advocate + Leadership Developer + Author

Ultra-enthusiastic TEDx speaker and multi-award winning author, Jolene Stockman, gives us a rare view into the world of Autism. Diagnosed as an adult, Jolene has achieved things that this so-called invisible disability has deemed impossible. A Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Jolene is revolutionizing perceptions and encouraging respect for human neurological variation.

 “I tell the world that being wired-up differently is not only okay, it’s maybe even amazing!”

- Jolene Stockman

Joseph NaytowhowStoryteller - Wisdom Keeper

Gemini Award winning actor, Joseph Naytowhow is a multitalented Plains/Woodland Cree singer, actor, and storyteller who transforms lives and fills hearts with song, joy, and illumination. Joseph has performed for many dignitaries and world leaders alike. Audiences will leave with their hearts warmed and perspectives expanded as Joseph imparts his truth with incredible vulnerability and piercing insight.

Julie BullPassionate + Visionary + Change-Maker

An award-winning Indigenous Scholar with over 25 publications, Julie Bull is a passionate changemaker who educates and inspires audiences with messages of reconciliation, health, leadership, and empowerment. Combining artistic creativity with a wealth of expertise in the fields of Indigenous research, education, ethics, and Indigenization, Julie demonstrates ways individuals, institutions, and communities can shift their practices to be more interconnected.

Keolu FoxGeneticist + Researcher + Surfer

Featured on the BBC, CBC, NPR, The Atlantic, Forbes, Wired and more, TED Fellow, Dr. Keolu Fox has garnered international attention, for his breakthrough idea that 'Genetics needs to be more Native'. With over 95% of genetic research and trials being conducting on only people of European descent, we are missing out. Our genetic ancestry plays a huge role in what diseases we get and what ones we don’t. Dr. Fox proves that genetic studies should include all demographics.

Lori CampbellEducation + Two Spirit + Indigiqueer+ Identity

A natural born leader, 2019 Canadian Federal election candidate and recipient of the 2020 Women of Inspiration Indigenous Leader Award, Campbell is a resolute activist who advocates for and uplifts individuals from all walks of life. With published academic journals specializing in Indigeneity and education, she hopes to open new doors for Indigenous, BIPOC, and 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Madelaine McCallumResilience + Healing + Growth

An actor, model, dancer, and choreographer with a powerful presence, Madelaine graces the stage with elegance. Taking her audiences through an extraordinary journey of transformation and healing, her performances have been received by the Métis Nation British Columbia, the Métis National Council, and landed her a spot at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Winner of the Best Experimental Film category at the Festival du Film étudiant de Quebec (FFEQ), Madelaine has found a compelling way to share her life's journey through a diverse range of visual storytelling.

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Marilyn PoitrasLaw + Community Builder + Educator + Ethical Spaces

An innovative changemaker of Michif descent hailing from Southern Saskatchewan, Marilyn Poitras is a lawyer, negotiator, professor, film producer, and most importantly a community builder. Recognized for her expertise, she is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association Recognition Award. Combining her Harvard degree and the teachings from traditional Knowledge Keepers in communities all over the world, Marilyn is paving the pathway to an Indigenous language of design thinking for social change.

Michael EtheringtonKindness + Reconciliation + Insight

With the sharing of his lived experiences and insightful perspectives, Michael Etherington has captivated international audiences at TEDxWLUBrantford, the United Nations, the Pan Am Games, and many other large corporate and educational venues. Rooted in Indigenous perspectives, Michael focuses on relationship building, promoting awareness and cultivating sensitivity with the “Truth and Reconciliation” recommendations as his platform.

 

Randy MorinStoryteller + Author+ Language Keeper

Randy Morin empowers audiences with stories and language as an educator, author, and English-Cree expert. He is a Cree language keeper and a traditional Indigenous Knowledge keeper. Randy works with Universities, teaching Indigenous Studies, and devoted to Indigenous language revitalization. Randy Morin is leading the culture and Language revolution by bringing traditional Indigenous language, knowledge, and perspectives into the 21st century.

Raven SinclairGender Equality + Education + Inclusion

She is one of Canada’s most sought after experts on the ‘60s Scoop’ era, and federally appointed Expert Adviser to the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation. As Director and Executive Producer of the Film ‘Truth to be Told’, Dr. Raven Sinclair uncovers the atrocious facts of this period in Canadian history. As an author, of ‘Wicihitowin-Aboriginal Social Work in Canada’, Sinclair is creating effective and respectful methods of working with diverse populations specifically Indigenous peoples. As Associate Professor of Social Work and Researcher, this Nehiyaw-Cree Champion of George Gordon First Nation is transforming misconceptions regarding diversity and identity.

'Savvy' Savannah SimonMotivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary

An entrepreneur, activist, and public speaker, ‘Savvy’ Savannah Simon is a born leader with a natural desire to stand up for what she believes in. Living a life with true intention, everything from her professional to her personal life has a meaningful purpose and has contributed to the messages she’s shared with her many different audiences.

Wayne D. Garnons-WilliamsLegal + Environment + Storyteller

From the Court room to the theatre, Wayne Garnons-Williams engages his audience to see another perspective.  Specializing in Aboriginal and Environmental issues, Wayne is an expert in Corporate, Commercial and Trade Law.  With experience from Corporate, government and Indigenous worlds Wayne brings a wealth of insight and depth of knowledge to his audience.  Wayne takes complex historical and legal problems and transforms them into future possibilities for all.

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