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Planning Ahead: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Planning Ahead: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Coinciding with Orange Shirt Day, it was established to honour the survivors of residential schools and the many children who never returned home, as well as their families and communities.

We are honoured to represent several Indigenous leaders helping to move reconciliation forward and set our nation on a new path grounded in truth, justice, and equity. As you plan your events in honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, contact us to book your speaker today.

Connie Walker

Truth Before Reconciliation

One of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2024, Connie Walker is a Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award-winning investigative journalist who has spent over two decades shedding light on often overlooked Indigenous stories.

Connie’s acclaimed podcasts, Missing & Murdered and Stolen, exposed the crisis of violence in Indigenous communities and the devastating impacts of residential schools. She draws on her award-winning content to help audiences better understand their role in reconciliation and why truth is crucial to meaningful reconciliation.

Jordin Tootoo

Mind Over Matter: Hard-Won Battles on the Road to Hope

In his most recent book, Mind Over MatterJordin Tootoo chronicles his process of healing from the suicide and violence that marks his family, only to discover the true source of trauma in his father’s secret past.

Jordin travels back to Nunavut to speak with his father about what haunts him and encounters the ghosts of his entire community. Weaving together life’s biggest themes with observations and experiences, Jordin shares the kind of wisdom he specializes in — the hard-won kind.

Jody Wilson-Raybould

True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force for Change

True reconciliation takes relentlessness and the courage to act differently. Drawing from her bestselling book, True Reconciliation, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould shows audiences how to break down silos constructed by colonialism and act on what our collective future requires.

As both a community and political leader, Jody illustrates the difference between performative and symbolic reconciliation vs. actions that are truly impactful, and empowers audiences to become the changemakers our future needs.

Perry Bellegarde

Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: A Leader’s Look at the Past, Present, and Future

While there’s much being said about reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, a crucial question remains unanswered — how do we turn this shared aspiration into meaningful action?

Having dedicated his life to championing the rights and well-being of First Nations, Chief Perry Bellegarde provides audiences with a roadmap to answering this vital question. He shares insights into our rapidly changing political and legal landscape while exploring the First Nations values and principles that could guide our shared vision of the future.

Tanya Talaga

All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward

An award-winning Anishinaabe journalist and author, Tanya Talaga imparts audiences with in-depth knowledge on Indigenous culture and history to humanize the legacy of residential schools and colonization while sharing her hope for a more inclusive and equitable future.

Tanya’s intimate presentations stem from her award-winning book Seven Fallen Feathers and her acclaimed CBC Massey Lectures Series “All Our Relations”. Through amplifying Indigenous voices and stories, she empowers audiences to learn from our past and build a new path forward for our nation.

Kendal Netmaker

Miyo-Wîcêhtowin: “Living in Harmony with Everyone”

In Plains Cree culture, the word miyo-wîcêhtowin means living in harmony with everyone. Throughout history, First Nations people have followed a specific set of principles to live and prosper together. Kendal Netmaker takes audiences into the worldview of miyo-wîcêhtowin to show how we can all lead and live in harmony.

A master storyteller, Kendal shares lesson that have been passed down from First Nations elders, providing deep insights into Indigenous Peoples’ way of life. His goal is to plant seeds of hope so that we can all work, succeed, and prosper together.

Dr. Alika Lafontaine

Race, Power, and Politics: How to Navigate Systems Towards Change

Why does social progress move forward then suddenly stop? Why does inclusion for one group feel like oppression for another? Is there a template for systemic change that can help people navigate towards change?

In this thought-provoking keynote, Dr. Alika Lafontaine — healthcare leader and changemaker — draws on the interplay between expressions of bias, structures of power, and the human relationships that form the foundation of politics to shed light on how to navigate complex systems trapped within the status quo.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Re-Imagining a New Way Forward with Intention

Drawing from her bestselling book, The Right to Be Cold, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today — the environment, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability — not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole.

With a focus on solutions, Sheila provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed. She draws upon her ancient culture to help audiences find common ground, empowering them to bridge some extremely divided gaps around the world.

Duncan McCue

Beyond Land Acknowledgements: Working with Indigenous Peoples

An award-winning broadcaster, author, and professor, Duncan McCue is a celebrated leader in decolonizing journalism and a sought-after trainer and educator in building respectful relationships with Indigenous communities to spark social change and reconciliation.

Duncan has trained journalists around the world on how to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities. In his presentations, he distills lessons learned from over two decades of efforts to reform media organizations into helpful, informative approaches toward reconciliation.

Contact us to learn more about our roster of Indigenous speakers and how they can help your organization contribute to meaningful reconciliation.