Indigenous peoples hold 20% of the earth's landmass but that land harbours 80% of the world's remaining biodiversity.
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 Awareness and Diversity
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.
Clifford Nae'oleTourism + Hospitality + Cultural Advisor
Clifford Nae’ole has been a key force of energy and wisdom for the revival of the Hawaiian culture for more than thirty years. He has worked alongside Deepak Chopra, Tony Robin, participated in the Indigenous Advisory Committee to President Barak Obama, and spent quality time with his Holiness the Dalai Lama. His extraordinary ability to convey the sacredness of the Hawaiian culture, his determination to educate and to mentor has carved him a place of respect in the hospitality industry where he has won numerous accolades and recognitions including the Meeting Professional International (MPI) award.
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.”
Cort DogniezEducation + Culture + History
Cort Dogniez is an extraordinary Storyteller, captivating educator, and expert Presenter on the Numbered Treaties in Canada. He delivers thought provoking workshops and messages to audiences of all ages, engaging them to understand the perspectives of First Nation & Metis people, while helping them grasp the importance of treaties and how they relate to us all.
Deanna BurgartDiversity + Education + Mentorship
AISES-Blazing Flame Award winner, Deanna Burgart is a highly sought after expert in uniting diverse communities, through understanding each other and identifying common goals. A Self-Proclaimed ‘Indigeneer’, Deanna dedicates her career to combining Engineering principles and commitments with an Indigenous respect for Mother Earth, to find solutions to today's challenges. Burgart focuses on the power of integrating Indigenous worldviews, to assist both industry wants and the public needs.
Eddy RobinsonEducator + Dancer + Drummer
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.
Ernie LouttitHonesty + Integrity + Leadership
Award winning Author of "Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Leadership and Policing" and "More Indian Ernie: Insights from the Streets", Louttit gives an honest and insightful look into his world. Ernie blows the lid off of taboo topics around policing, racism, and violence. Sharing his stories, some dark, and some humourous, with the goal of inspiring leadership in each and every one of us.
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.
Jaris SwidrovichPharmacist + Health Care + Educator
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.
Jeff HunterVisionary + Human Resource Expert
Bridging the gap between human resource, science and ancient wisdom, Jeff Hunter brings the next level of business development to your organization. With over a quarter century experience, as an entrepreneur and Senior Human Resource Development manager, Jeff shares a unique insight into the human investment needed for a successful business. Mr. Hunter has delivered thought provoking and transformational seminars, workshops, and presentations for thousands of people from various backgrounds.
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 community builder and role model. 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 WabegijigEnvironment + Engineering + Collaboration
What if together Industry and Indigenous communities could create a safer, natural, and more effective means to reclamate land?
Joseph Wabegijig has experience doing just that! As Vice-President of the Aboriginal Environmental Leadership Circle (AELC) and the Indigenous Projects Advisor for Hatch, one of the world’s largest Engineering firms, Joseph shares with you his expertise from working on major projects all over the world. Joseph’s knowledge and experience of solving complex environmental and engineering problems, is matched by his passion and ability to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal people, government, and industry.
Julie BullPassionate + Visionary + Change-Maker
Julie Bull’s presentations educate and inspire her audience with the message of reconciliation, health, leadership, and empowerment. Her wealth of expertise in the fields of Indigenous research, education, ethics, and indigenization, are part of the reason she is a highly sought-after speaker in Canada and around the world. Recipient of Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award, Julie Bull is an Award-Winning Indigenous Scholar with over 15 years’ experience in community-based research, involving Indigenous people.
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.
Lori CampbellEducation + Two Spirit + Identity
After a 25 year search for her biological mother, Lori Campbell was faced with a new challenge, finding the six unknown siblings she discovered in her quest. Covered extensively by national media, Lori’s story echoes the journey of thousands Indigenous adults who were taken shortly after birth, in Canada's '60’s Scoop Era.' Lori’s incredible journey of self-discovery inspires her listeners while stimulating compassion and strengthening reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Michael EtheringtonKindness + Humour + Insight
Sought after at the local, regional, provincial and national levels, Michael Etherington has captivated audiences such as the United Nations, Canadian Government, Pan Am Games, and many other large corporate and educational venues.
Rooted in the Indigenous perspective, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.