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Youth Champions

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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