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Lori Campbell Education + Two Spirit + Indigiqueer+ Identity

"Re-centering Indigeneity"

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.

A proud Indigenous Two-Spirit Indigiqueer woman, Lori Campbell is a member of the Montreal Lake First Nation, Treaty 6 territory. As an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system and a child of the Sixties Scoop generation, she is an individual of great resilience who has made a career for herself in advocating for social justice and a more equitable society for all.

Her story begins with a 25-year long journey that would span across four different provinces to locate her birth mother and six living birth siblings. This journey of self discovery allowed Lori to heal and reconnect with her Indigenous roots, and would eventually become the inspiration behind all other endeavours in her personal and professional life.

Through the sharing of her lived experiences, traditional knowledge, and professional proficiencies she provides the uncomfortable truths required for advancing processes of Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation within organizations and broader communities. Her work has been received by government bodies, educational institutes, and corporations at local, provincial, and national levels alike.

Most recently, her expertise has garnered her a position as Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Engagement at the University of Regina, where her 13 years of progressive leadership experience will help guide her in overseeing Indigenous student support services and programming. Recognizing the deep honour that comes with this title, Lori is excited to navigate her new role as an Indigenous two-spirit champion with a seat at the decision making table and continuing the work of those who came before her.

  • Reconciliation through Education: Opportunities for Positive Impact 

    Our education institutions can both contribute to a positive and negative self-identity of an Indigenous person. Drawing upon her experience in strategic and progressive leadership in a postsecondary context, Lori provides education on approaching Indigenization in ways that make our education institutions more accessible, safe, and inclusive for Indigenous students and communities.

    Learning from this presentation includes:

    • Insights into the Indigenous education experience
    • Bridging the educational gap across cultures
    • The positive role our educational institutes can play

    Letters Tell Me Who I Am: Becoming Unapologetically Indigenous

    Reflecting on a collection of letters that initiated her search for her birth mother and family, Lori explores the process of unlearning the shame that was imposed upon her by Western standards of self-worth and instead, reconnecting with her true identity and Indigenous roots. 

    Listeners will experience and learn about:

    • The power of relationships, place, and time
    • Connecting with family
    • Real reconciliation

    To the Beat of My Own Drum: Two-Spirit Identity

    This multilayered story of coming into one's own is poignant, touching, and real. After re-establishing a connection to her Indigenous heritage, Lori was able to clearly see her role in her community as a Two-Spirit Champion. Join her as she challenges the harmful barriers that binary thinking and traditional gender constructs can create. 

    Audiences will... 

    • Develop a understanding of two-eyed seeing frameworks
    • Explore the background and historical significance of Two-Spirit people
    • Learn the importance of uplifting and advocating for gender diversity
  • Awards and Highlights:

    Women of Inspiration Indigenous Leader Award (2020)

    Leading Women, Building Communities Award, MPP Catherine Fife's Office (2019)

    Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, presented for the development and delivery of Reach Up & Down, Reach Out & Across: Indigenization at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, a four-part speaker series for faculty and staff. UNESCO Global Action Program. (2016)

    SIAST. Applied Research grant and Applied Research Relief Time Stipend as lead researcher for project: Indigenizing the institution. (2011-2012)

    IPHRC. Indigenous People’s Health Research Committee scholarship for post-graduate research in Aboriginal studies. (2009, 2010)

    Regina Police Service. Meritorious Performance Award, presented for operational work well above standard, Victim Services. (2005) 

  • Clients:

    University of Regina: Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Engagement (2021)

    TedXKitchenerEd: Reconciliation is Dead (2020)

    United Nations Foundation's Girl Up: The Indigenous Experience in Canada Keynote Speaker (2020)

    Renison University College: Racialized Violence and Exclusion, Decolonization and Social Action, Social Development Studies Guest Lecturer (2020)

    34th International LGBTQ+ Leaders Conference: Queer and Indigenous- Current Challenges in the Americas Panelist (2019)

    University of Waterloo: Indigenous Feminisms, Research as Resistance, Women's Studies Guest Lecturer (2019)

    International Women's Day: Aunties Keynote Speaker (2018)

    6th International Conference on Indigenous Education: Indigenizing Research and Learning in Post-Secondary Education (2010)

    Regina Missing Women's Conference: Two-Spirit Sisters, Keynote Speaker (2010)

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic: Online Curriculum Developer and Guest Lecturer (2008-2016)

    Metis Addictions Council: Aboriginal Victim Services, Keynote Speaker (2003-2006)

    Regina Alternative Measures Program: Aboriginal Services, Keynote Speaker (2003-2006)

    Regina Police Service: Cultural Relations Course (2003)

A proud Indigenous Two-Spirit Indigiqueer woman, Lori Campbell is a member of the Montreal Lake First Nation, Treaty 6 territory. As an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system and a child of the Sixties Scoop generation, she is an individual of great resilience who has made a career for herself in advocating for social justice and a more equitable society for all.

Her story begins with a 25-year long journey that would span across four different provinces to locate her birth mother and six living birth siblings. This journey of self discovery allowed Lori to heal and reconnect with her Indigenous roots, and would eventually become the inspiration behind all other endeavours in her personal and professional life.

Through the sharing of her lived experiences, traditional knowledge, and professional proficiencies she provides the uncomfortable truths required for advancing processes of Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation within organizations and broader communities. Her work has been received by government bodies, educational institutes, and corporations at local, provincial, and national levels alike.

Most recently, her expertise has garnered her a position as Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Engagement at the University of Regina, where her 13 years of progressive leadership experience will help guide her in overseeing Indigenous student support services and programming. Recognizing the deep honour that comes with this title, Lori is excited to navigate her new role as an Indigenous two-spirit champion with a seat at the decision making table and continuing the work of those who came before her.

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