August 9, 2022 by Speakers' Spotlight
Moving Reconciliation Forward: Celebrating the World’s Indigenous Peoples
August 9 is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples — an event created by the United Nations to ignite a global conversation on the rights of Indigenous peoples.
Canada will soon engage in its own national conversation as we mark the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. We are proud and honoured to work with so many inspiring individuals who are lending their voices, experiences, and stories to this vital conversation.
Chief Perry Bellegarde
Chief Perry Bellegarde believes the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a clear framework for reconciliation. As the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, he was instrumental in its adoption into federal legislation.
Bellegarde brings audiences on a journey into Canada’s bright future. He shares insight into why the Declaration matters and how, together, we can implement its provisions and build a more resilient and sustainable world for all our children.
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould
As a leader of British Columbia’s First Nations, a former Member of Parliament, and the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, there is one question the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould has been asked more than any other — what can I do to help advance reconciliation?
Wilson-Raybould’s forthcoming book, True Reconciliation: How to be a Force for Change, is the roadmap Canadians have been asking for. She outlines what our collective future requires and how we can build new patterns of just and harmonious relationships to achieve it.
An award-winning journalist and author, Tanya Talaga has been amplifying Indigenous voices nationally and globally for decades. She is the bestselling author of Seven Fallen Feathers, an award-winning director and producer, and the first Anishinaabe woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures.
Through sharing Indigenous stories from across Canada and the world, Talaga humanizes the legacy of colonization, while also empowering audiences with her hopeful vision of a new path for our nation, one based on inclusivity and equity.
Indigenous peoples face a significantly low employment rate compared to non-Indigenous peoples. Award-winning entrepreneur Kendal Netmaker is dedicated to bridging that divide by sharing his experience living and thriving in two different worlds.
Netmaker brings audiences into Indigenous Peoples’ worldview and shows the importance of understanding everyone’s stories, beliefs, and way of life when building inclusive spaces. He also provides leaders with actionable strategies to successfully engage and retain Indigenous talent. Together, he says, we can make reconciliation a priority in our country.
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