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Conference Agenda - November 30, 2021

Time Session Name Session Description Speakers
8:15 am - 8:35 am Opening Blessings First Nations and Métis Blessings Elder Doreen Bergum and
Elder Tom Snow
8:35 am - 9:00 am Opening Addresses
9:00 am - 10:00 am Morning Fireside Chat
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An intimate chat hosted by JP Gladu, as he is joined by inspirational Indigenous leader, Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons. What does Inclusion in her workplace look like? How has she influenced change and, her thoughts on the shift in Corporate thinking that must happen to revolutionize workplaces across Canada. JP Gladu, Principal Mokwateh

Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons, Senior National Advisor Deloitte Indigenous
10:00 am - 10:15 am Morning Coffee Break
10:15 am - 11:45 am Morning Concurrent Workshops
Learning Track Sponsor Telus
Workshop Level 1 Indigenous History Introduction to Indigenous History, Culture, Indigenous vs World Views. Elder Alvin Manitopyes
Workshop Level 2 PAR An introduction to what creates amazing workplaces, a focus on the employment driver of the CCAB Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program. Luanne Whitecrow CCAB
Workshop Level 2 Path to Inclusion Understanding the Journey of Allyship. Christine Channer CEO - The Channer Group
Ruby Littlechild National Director - Indigenous Relations at SNC-Lavalin
Workshop Level 3 Cultural Safety, Parallel Perspectives Addressing Intergenerational Trauma: Moving from Chaos to Wellness Intergenerational trauma is a pervasive issue, challenging families and communities who have experienced multiple trauma and toxic stress. When individuals are in trauma their brain is in chaos limiting their ability to move to the thinking brain or pre-frontal cortex. This affects our ability to form relationships, emotionally regulate and to trust. Trauma is treatable at any point in an individual’s life. We will explore the epigenetic process or blood memory, that is passed down through 7 generations. The memories and behaviors are also positive memories of healing, culture and resilience. This presentation will provide an awareness of how all of us can be affected by our environment not just our genetics. This presentation will address the parallel understanding of wellness and how we build relationships.
This workshop will provide:
• Cultural Awareness
• Core Brain science and intergenerational trauma understanding
• Parallel ways of healing and creating wellness
• A model for everyone to create balance and wellness in our own lives
Elder Dr. Kerrie Moore
Workshop Level 3 Attract, Recruit , Retain Becoming the Employee of Choice for Indigenous Peoples Recruiting Indigenous talent is not just about opening the doors. It is about employment branding, candidate engagement and becoming a part of the community. In this session, seasoned Indigenous HR professional Gene Jamieson will set the stage for why your current initiatives are not attracting and retaining Indigenous talent and, through a consultative approach, share informed practices that you can use to encourage Indigenous talent to choose you as an employer.
Topics to be covered:
• A brief history of the Indigenous experience
• The Indigenous talent pool
• Indigenizing the employee experience
• Promising practices in Indigenous Inclusion
Gene Jamieson Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Turtle Clan Recruitment
Workshop - Level 1: You should choose to attend Level 1 workshops if you are beginning your journey in Indigenous Relations and have little to no awareness of the History or culture of Indigenous Peoples.
Workshop - Level 2 - You should choose to attend Level 2 workshops if you have a good understanding of Indigenous history and culture and you are creating your Indigenous Inclusion Vision and community engagement strategy.
Workshop - Level 3 - You should choose to attend level 3 workshops if you have a solid understanding of history and culture and you are already working with community and actively employing Indigenous peoples.
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00pm – 2:30pm Panel Discussion
Unpacking the ‘S’ in ESG Inclusion strategy or Investment strategy? Join us as we delve into the meaning of S and the true measure of success. Alicia Dubois, CEO Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation
David Pereira, COO Animikii
Chelsie Klassen, Global Director, Community and Indigenous Engagement + Calgary Region Operations Manager
Colin Druhan Executive Director - Pride at Work Canada - (Panel Moderator)
Annie Korver Founder & Principal - Rice Consulting
2:30pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Coffee Break
3:00pm – 4:30pm Afternoon Concurrent Workshops
Learning Track Sponsor Telus
Workshop Level 1 Residential, Day Schools and the Sixties Scoop Please join us to hear our Guest Speaker: Teresa Edwards (Young Fire Woman), the Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel of the Legacy of Hope Foundation. She will speak about Residential and Day Schools, the Sixties Scoop, and other colonial acts of oppression and how they continue to impact Indigenous Peoples today. Teresa will also discuss how to be an ally and what can be done to foster Reconciliation in Canada. Teresa Edwards Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel, Legacy of Hope Foundation
Workshop Level 2 The Business of Ethical Indigenous Engagement Part of understanding Indigenous Culture means understanding and respecting that everything starts with relationships. Learn how to approach and engage with Indigenous Communities. What does ethical employment look like, and how can your organization build lasting relationships built on trust. Jorge Aviles, Manager, Indigenous Partnerships & Development ATCO
Ira Provost, MA. Manager, Piikani Consultation & Piikani Traditional Knowledge Services
Workshop Level 3 Coaching Upward: Gaining Support From Influencers & Decision Makers Today’s workplace has many competing priorities. This makes it even more challenging for HR professionals to gain commitment from top decision-makers for strategic initiatives. Using an effective "coaching" methodology to discuss your ideas improves the chance of gaining support and delivering positive results for the organization. Einblau & Associates has taught this methodology to over 1800 organization leaders. The skills learned in this seminar can be immediately applied on the job. It is our aim to provide workshop attendees with skills training that has been proven effective through our own lived experience and those of our clients who have taken our training. Rebecca Wood, Senior Consultant Einblau & Associates
Workshop Level 3 Communicating with Intent – Decolonizing language in internal and external communications Understanding how language is interpreted and how language can be harmful to Indigenous Peoples in all corporate communications. Shani Gwin, CEO Gwin
4:30 pm Final draws and closing
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