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Indigenous Awareness and Diversity

Andrea MenardActor + Singer + Writer + Messenger

Five-time Gemini-nominated actress and the celebrated “Silent No More” TEDx Talk presenter, Andrea Menard’s electrifying, spiritual and heartfelt performances have been received internationally by NATO generals, royalty, prime ministers, senators, and ambassadors. Recognized for her appearance on USA Today and in the APTN/Netflix Series, Blackstone, Andrea’s enchanting personality warmly invites all who know her to care for our planet, ourselves, and include their voice in giving rise to the Sacred Feminine.

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Belinda DanielsReclamation + Language Revitalization + Education

Awarded the “Outstanding Indigenous Educator Award” of 2015 by Canadian Teachers Federation and one of the top 50 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize of 2016, Dr. Belinda Daniels has been recognized internationally for her valiant efforts in language, culture, and education. Founder of nêhiyawak Language Experience Inc., her transformative work in language revitalization has garnered nominations from Indspire and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. By creating safe spaces for community wellness and learning, she motivates audiences to embark on their own personal journey back to themselves and their culture.

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.”

Eddy RobinsonEducator + Dancer + Drummer

Featured in National Geographic’s “A Story of God with Morgan Freeman” and CBC’s “Moccasins & Concrete” documentary, Eddy Robinson is an inspirational educator, performer, speaker, and changemaker. He has performed with Serena Ryder, Andrea Menard, Plex, among many others. Eddy enlightens with passionate personal narratives that carry a depth of insight to elevating methods of Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous culture and ways of knowing.

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.

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Jaris SwidrovichPharmacist + Health Care + Educator + Two-Spirit

CIHR funding recipient, National Pharmacy Leadership Award winner and named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s "Future 40", Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is Canada's first self-identified First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy. Professor, Mentor, and Community leader, Swidrovich brings his experience of bridging organizational needs with Health Care mandates. Jaris is a Two Spirit Champion passionate about health, education, and how Indigenous and marginalized people are impacted at all levels. He integrates personal stories to explain complex issues which resonate with listeners of all ages. His powerful presentations illustrate how we can all be part of the cure and partake in the TRC’s Calls to Action.

John LagimodiereCommunity Builder + Media Communications

Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and Saskatoon’s Living in Harmony Award, John Lagimodiere is a dedicated educator and entrepreneur. President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and the Editor/Publisher of Eagle Feather News, Lagimodiere is also the recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Award Business for Aboriginal Business. John’s enthralling performance as host of the award-winning national show, As If, on CBC Radio serves as another reason why he is a highly sought after keynote speaker, master of ceremonies, and facilitator.

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.

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.

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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.

 

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.

Stephanie SeymourReconciliation + Natural Resources + Government Relations

What if we could solve our energy needs using a scientific and holistic approach to resources? This is the question that 'Fueled the Fire Within' for Stephanie Seymour and motivated her PhD studies at Lakehead University. Stephanie Seymour is raising the consciousness of cleaner energy possibilities for industry and individuals alike. Helping us to see the forest through the trees, Stephanie builds bridges between communities and industry. Explore what a world of renewable energy sources really looks like.

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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