2023 Planning: Celebrating Pride and Indigenous History in June
In June, many people mark both Pride season and National Indigenous History Month, with National Indigenous Peoples Day taking place on June 21. This is a day dedicated to celebrating the unique heritage and history of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
From active allyship to DEI initiatives and true reconciliation, meet some of our most requested speakers in the month of June, and in the lead-up to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.
Contact us to learn more about our expert speakers and how to book them for your June events.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Thought Leader | Bestselling Author
There is a cost to not implementing inclusive policies within your workplace, not only on an ethical and moral level but a financial one as well.
The founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and Pride at Work Canada, Michael Bach breaks down the exact cost of exclusionary practices at work — from decreased engagement and high turnover to decreased innovation compounded over time. He also shows leaders how to foster a safe space, build more equitable workplaces, and be an active ally to their diverse teams.
Olympic Champion | Transgender Trailblazer and Advocate
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Quinn made history as the first transgender athlete to not only compete but make it to the podium after the Canadian women’s national soccer team’s historic gold-medal win.
In an intimate presentation, Quinn shares their personal journey to finding their authentic self and the power of allyship and inclusive spaces in helping members of the LGBTQ2+ community find success.
National Indigenous History Month
The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould
Former Member of Parliament | Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada | Bestselling Author
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould empowers audiences to become agents of change. The bestselling author of True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force for Change, she draws on her unique perspective as both a community and political leader to show audiences how they can help move reconciliation forward and build an equitable future for all.
Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Author, and Indigenous Speaker
As the fastest growing population in Canada, the future of work will be heavily influenced by more Indigenous people entering the workforce. Kendal Netmaker brings audiences into Indigenous Peoples’ worldview, sharing heartfelt stories of living and thriving in two different worlds.
He explains the importance of understanding everyone’s stories, beliefs, and way of life, while outlining the benefits diverse viewpoints bring to organizations, the common challenges Indigenous people face at work, and how leaders can successfully engage and retain Indigenous team members.
Award-winning Journalist | Author of Seven Fallen Feathers
Tanya Talaga is an award-winning Anishinaabe journalist and author. Her illuminating and intimate keynotes stem from her award-winning book Seven Fallen Feathers, which shares the stories of seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thunder Bay.
Tanya conveys her in-depth knowledge on Indigenous culture and history — humanizing the legacy of residential schools and colonization — while leaving her audiences empowered through her hopeful message that we can learn from our past and set forward on a new path for our nation based on inclusivity and equity.
Indigenous French-Canadian Entrepreneur
The founder and CEO of Staff Shop, an award-winning, certified-diverse staffing and essential resource firm, Jennifer Ménard-Shand is passionate about creating truly equitable workplaces. She is a First Nations Ojibwe and French Canadian who uses her platform to help move truth and reconciliation forward.
Jennifer speaks from a place of peace and forgiveness, sharing strategies on how, together, we can better serve future generations and leave a legacy worth following.
Environmental, Cultural, and Human Rights Advocate
Sheila Watt-Cloutier has served as both the elected Canadian President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the International Chair, representing 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Russia. An experienced global leader, she offers a new leadership model for the 21st century; one that addresses today’s most pressing issues — the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability — not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole.
In her globe-spanning keynotes, Sheila provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed, drawing from her ancient Inuit culture to empower audiences to become bridge-builders in our increasingly divided world.
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