September 30 marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Also known as Orange Shirt Day, this day honours the survivors of residential schools, the children who never returned home, and their families and communities.
We’re honoured to represent several prominent Indigenous leaders who are helping to push reconciliation forward in Canada. Meet some of our most requested speakers in the month of September below and contact us to learn more.
True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force for Change
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould empowers audiences to become agents of change. Drawing from her bestselling book, True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force for Change, she provides a practical roadmap to moving reconciliation forward in Canada.
Jody shows audiences how to translate words into action and build new patterns of just and harmonious relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples at all levels of society.
Indigenous Diversity, Awareness, and Education
Through his powerful keynotes, Kendal Netmaker brings audiences into the Indigenous Peoples’ worldview, sharing his heartfelt stories of living and thriving in two different worlds. While sharing deep insights into Indigenous Peoples way of life, he explores the similarities and differences between different Indigenous groups in Canada and the importance of Indigenous spirituality and beliefs.
It’s only in understanding everyone’s stories, beliefs, and way of life, Kendal says, can we build a future where we can all work, succeed, and prosper together.
All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward
Tanya Talaga is an award-winning Anishinaabe journalist, filmmaker, and author. Her illuminating and intimate keynotes stem from her award-winning book Seven Fallen Feathers and documentary Spirit to Soar, which share 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 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.
Reconciliation and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Chief Perry Bellegarde played an instrumental role in the adoption of federal legislation committing Canada to fully implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He believes passionately that it’s Canada’s best chance for building a new and just relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Perry explores why in his compelling keynotes, distilling what it means to implement its provisions and how doing so is key to building a more resilient and sustainable world for all our children.
Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation in the Workplace
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.
When planning your September events, contact us to learn more about our incredible roster of Indigenous speakers and what they offer to your audiences.