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Julie Bull Passionate + Visionary + Change-Maker

“Integrating Indigenous Knowledge”

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.

A member of NunatuKavut, Labrador of mixed Inuit descent, Julie Bull (they/them) has been questioning expectations and forging new terrain since they were a two-year-old philosopher. Now an internationally renowned scholar, Julie almost quit their academic studies in their first semester of university. It wasn’t until they listened to their soul (and their mother, who encouraged them to try other fields) that Julie’s path became clear: They are meant to question existing systems, break the status quo, and guide others to find a better and different way.

Julie specializes in Indigenous research, especially related to policy and ethics. Currently based on Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island), Julie runs a consulting collective, projX, where they work with individuals at the systems-level to disrupt racist and discriminatory policies and practices. 

A self-processed “recovering academic turned entrepreneur and artist,” Julie is also a poet and a spoken-word artist. Sharing poetry that balances harsh realities with light-hearted humor, Julie advocates for justice for Indigenous Peoples in a more accessible way. Their skills have garnered them a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the Indigenous Storytelling and Spoken-Word program and recognition as a top performer at the PEERS Alliance/PRIDE PEI OUTspoken Poetry Slam in the summer of 2020. They also performed in the Island Fringe Festival’s Pounding the Pavement: Celebrating and amplifying artists from the fringe (2020). Julie’s debut poetry series (h)in(d)sight 2020, the first book in the Spiritual Connection Collection, was published last year.

Whether re-writing standard operating procedures for research ethics boards or writing collective poems on a zoom meeting, Julie’s motivation and vision remain the same: justice for Indigenous Peoples. They are acknowledged and admired for their candid teaching style that bridges western and Indigenous ways of understanding the world using the lens of research, with a focus on social justice and a sprinkling of East Coast humour.

 

 

  • Up close and personal: Resurgence through Resiliency

    By reflecting on their own personal journey, Julie captivates audiences with stories of resiliency and perseverance as they worked diligently to overcome many obstacles. Their passion and dedication are surpassed only by their commitment to carrying on the work of their ancestors. A common phrase being seen on social media is ‘be the person you needed when you were younger’ which has always resonated with Julie. Through their academic pursuits to understand the practical implications of national policy on indigenous communities, Julie learned something far more valuable. That is, to be authentic.  

    Learning from this presentation includes:

    • Resiliency: it’s power and origin
    • Ancestral Knowledge: the source of inner wisdom
    • Authenticity: the greatest attribute

    From Principles to Practice: Relational Reconciliation

    In this session, Julie draws on nearly two decades of working, studying, and volunteering in Indigenous communities in Canada. Their genuine approach to relationship building has become the cornerstone to their personal and professional life and it is this relational component that has garnered international attention. The world is waking up to the injustices that Indigenous people face and people are eager to learn how to meaningfully engage with Indigenous populations. 

    Audiences will learn:

    • Underlying principles of respect, relevance, reciprocity, and responsibility
    • Stories from an Indigenous scholars perspective, work experiences, and volunteerism
    • Tangible ideas for how to build and maintain relationships with Indigenous people

    The Road Less Traveled: Finding yourself and Leading the way

    Many people are born natural leaders, and this certainly fits with Julie. They have been actively involved in leadership roles since childhood where they would lead peers in a variety of activities. Over time, they have honed in on these skills and practices a gentle leadership whereby individuals on the team are active and involved. Julie’s natural ability to engage audiences and find people’s passions leaves their well positioned to lead teams in a variety of ways. Their guidance comes from the symbolism in the Inukshuk where they attribute much of their success to organic growth. The principle-based approach they take is transferable and can be modified to suit nearly all environments.

    Julie will inspire audiences with:

    • Lessons in self-discovery and leadership from the Inukshuk
    • A gentle and principle-based approach to engaging leadership
    • Tools and resources for leading teams in a variety of contexts and environments
  • Indigenous Foundations

    In this beginner workshop, Julie introduces participants to the very basics about Indigenous people in Canada. They personalize each workshop to the province/territory and city that they work in to include local and relevant content. This workshop is suitable for nearly all groups including governments, non-profits, educators, community members, and others. Julie’s personalized approach using participatory methods leave audiences with practical and tangible suggestions they can use in their lives and work after they leave.

    Reconciliation through relationships

    In this more advanced workshop (for those who already have a basic understanding of Indigenous people and Indigenous affairs), Julie provides participants with examples from across Canada on how to meaningfully engage Indigenous people in various ways (in research, policy, programs, front-line service, etc) in co-learning models where mutual interests are discussed.

  • “I have seen Julie speaking in communities, governments, and academic settings with ease. She relates well to people and has an amazing ability to read the room and be able to adapt her talk as required based on the energy and understanding within the audience. She is an exceptional Indigenous scholar whose research is known throughout Canada and around the world. Her dynamic presence in a room is exceptional”

    - Dr. Melissa Carroll, Carroll Consulting

    “Julie has an exemplary history in both her leadership and academic achievement. She constantly demonstrates an open mind, a genuine character and a sincere desire to give back. She has already made many significant contributions and will undoubtedly continue to do so throughout her career. Julie has had experience in report writing for community-based organizations and has been commended by Aboriginal community leaders for her sensitivity in research and her ability to provide feedback to the community participants of research in a meaningful and accessible way. Likewise, she is increasingly invited around the world to discuss research methods and ethics for research involving Indigenous people based on her substantial portfolio to date.”

    - Mr. Todd Russell, NunatuKavut

    “Julie delivered a memorable Keynote Presentation “When Two Worlds Collide: Ethical Quirks and Quandaries in Research Involving Indigenous People”, which not only set the tone to the whole conference, but also served as a foundation for the discussion of domestic and transnational aspects in the governance of knowledge production. Both visual and academic components of the presentation were equally impressive and helped to elevate the level of the conference and its global academic and regulatory impact. Julie’s formal and informal contribution to this academic event was twice as important – not only she has generously shared her in-depth knowledge of the governance of research involving indigenous peoples in Canada, but also served as an ambassador of indigenous peoples, their unique perspective and their socio- cultural expertise in the field of traditional and modern systems of knowledge, thus actively promoting an indigenous viewpoint and enriching Canada’s approach to research and education.”

    - Igor Gontcharov, York University

    “Julie Bull is a Vanier Scholar who is sincerely committed and dedicated to community-based research and policy development for aboriginal people by working closely with aboriginal people. As an emerging leader in Aboriginal health research, Julie is well known and respected from her peers in communities and colleagues within universities”

    - Dr. Janet Smylie

    “In terms of communication skills, Julie demonstrates success with academic writing and oral conference presentations.  Moreover, she has demonstrated the ability to communicate with clarity to diverse non-academic audiences.  She has had experience in report writing for community-based organizations and has been commended by Aboriginal community leaders for her sensitivity in research and her ability to provide feedback to the community participants of research.”

    - Dr. Fern Brunger, Health Research Ethics Board

    “An avid scholar, Julie has overcome adversity and obstacles, broken barriers, and challenges the status quo where she sees social injustice. Julie does not allow her professional and academic successes to change her commitment and dedication to her community. She has not lost sight of her roots and continues to inspire youth, adults, and elders to fully embrace their culture. Julie’s work highlights the importance of true partnerships and her research demeanor continues to show how community based research can and should be conducted.”

    - Jamie Snook, Mayor, Happy Valley-Goose Bay

A member of NunatuKavut, Labrador of mixed Inuit descent, Julie Bull (they/them) has been questioning expectations and forging new terrain since they were a two-year-old philosopher. Now an internationally renowned scholar, Julie almost quit their academic studies in their first semester of university. It wasn’t until they listened to their soul (and their mother, who encouraged them to try other fields) that Julie’s path became clear: They are meant to question existing systems, break the status quo, and guide others to find a better and different way.

Julie specializes in Indigenous research, especially related to policy and ethics. Currently based on Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island), Julie runs a consulting collective, projX, where they work with individuals at the systems-level to disrupt racist and discriminatory policies and practices. 

A self-processed “recovering academic turned entrepreneur and artist,” Julie is also a poet and a spoken-word artist. Sharing poetry that balances harsh realities with light-hearted humor, Julie advocates for justice for Indigenous Peoples in a more accessible way. Their skills have garnered them a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the Indigenous Storytelling and Spoken-Word program and recognition as a top performer at the PEERS Alliance/PRIDE PEI OUTspoken Poetry Slam in the summer of 2020. They also performed in the Island Fringe Festival’s Pounding the Pavement: Celebrating and amplifying artists from the fringe (2020). Julie’s debut poetry series (h)in(d)sight 2020, the first book in the Spiritual Connection Collection, was published last year.

Whether re-writing standard operating procedures for research ethics boards or writing collective poems on a zoom meeting, Julie’s motivation and vision remain the same: justice for Indigenous Peoples. They are acknowledged and admired for their candid teaching style that bridges western and Indigenous ways of understanding the world using the lens of research, with a focus on social justice and a sprinkling of East Coast humour.

 

 

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Language: English

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