Conference Agenda
June 15, 2022

Agenda - June 15, 2022


Session Name

Session Description


8:15 am

Opening Blessings

First Nations and Metis Blessings

Elder Doreen Bergum

Elder Tom Snow

8.35 am

Opening Addresses

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Morning Fireside Chat

Join us for an intimate chat hosted by JP Gladu, as he is joined by an inspirational Indigenous leader to discuss the evolution of Indigenous participation, particularly in the workforce. Read More

JP Gladu, Principal Mokwateh

10:00 am

Morning Coffee

10:15 am

Morning Concurrent Workshops Begin 📚

Level 1

Less Talk, More Action! The Reconciliation “How-To” Guide Everyone’s Been Looking For!

This regionally specific session will focus on the cultural makeup and nuances of Ontario that HR practitioners need to be aware of such as hereditary chiefs, harvest, and tradition. Read More

Shannon Monk, Founder and CEO, Sakatay Global

Level 1

The Cultural Landscape of – Alberta

This regionally specific session will focus on the cultural makeup and nuances of Alberta that HR practitioners need to be aware of such as hereditary chiefs, harvest, and tradition.

Level 1

The Cultural Landscape of – British Columbia

This regionally specific session will focus on the cultural makeup and nuances of British Columbia that HR practitioners need to be aware of such as hereditary chiefs, harvest, and tradition.

Christy Smith, VP Stakeholder and Indigenous Engagement, Falkirk Environmental Consultants

Level 2

Path to Inclusion – Understanding the Journey of Allyship

Taking action to create social change is a challenge this workshop will explore. Through education and meaningful discussion you will gain a better understanding of how you can create allyship and inclusion in your organization and community. Read More

Christine Channer, CEO, The Channer Group

Ruby Littlechild, National Director, Indigenous Relations, SNC-Lavalin

Level 3

Attract, Recruit, Retain - Becoming the Employer of Choice for Indigenous Peoples

In this session, seasoned Indigenous HR professional Gene Jamieson will set the stage for why your current initiatives are not working to attract and retain Indigenous talent and through a consultative approach, share informed practices that you can use to encourage Indigenous talent to choose you as an employer.

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Gene Jamieson, Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Turtle Clan Recruitment

11:45 am

Lunch: 1 Hour for Speed Networking 🍲

1:00 pm -2:30 pm

Panel Discussion - Elevating the Next Generation: The Futures of the Indigenous Workforce

Sponsored by:

Hear from young Indigenous leaders, entrepreneurs, and rising stars about what inclusion and belonging means to them and what the path forward is to ensure that workplace cultures are truly changing for the better and for the long term. Read More

Moderated by: Krystal Abotossaway, Senior Manager of Human Resources, TD Bank

Kristian Harn, Advisory in Cyber Risk, Deloitte LLP

Alec Carton, Principal & Founder, Tatâga Inc.

Karli Crowshoe BA, Owner and Creator, The Chief’s Daughter

Matthew Chegahno, Advisor & Indigenous Engagement, Enbridge

2:30 pm

Afternoon Coffee

3:00 pm

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops Begin 📚

Level 1

Residential and Day Schools and the Sixties Scoop

In this session learn about Residential and Day Schools, the Sixties Scoop, and other colonial acts of oppression, and how they continue to impact Indigenous peoples today. Read More

Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-house Legal Counsel, Legacy of Hope Foundation

Level 2

Recruitment Strategy in the Energy Sector – How to Approach Recruitment in Rural Communities

This session will identify the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Energy industry and take a deeper dive into how to continue building safe environments where everyone can bring their true authentic self to work. Attend this session to gain a better understanding of what successful recruitment practices are and how to grow your Indigenous pipeline. Read More

Erin Davis, Founder & Lead Inclusion Strategist, Erin Davis Co. 

Inez Ashworth, Founder/Inclusion Lead Strategist, Inclusive Concepts Inc.

Level 3

The Business of Ethical Indigenous Engagement

Part of understanding Indigenous culture means respecting that everything starts with relationships. Learn how to approach and engage with Indigenous communities and discuss how the next generation can approach collaboration without fearing a loss of identity. Read More

Jorge Aviles, Manager, Indigenous Partnerships & Development, ATCO

Ira Provost, MA. Manager, Piikani Consultation & Piikani Traditional Knowledge Services

Level 3

Rising with Inclusion in HR

Through this session, we will discuss the growing expectation by society, future workforce, and current employees, for businesses to participate in reconciliation and Indigenous engagement. We will also focus on decolonizing HR. Read More

Gillian Hynes, Director Reconciliation, Inclusion and Strategy, Rise Consulting

4:30 pm

Final Draw and Closing 👋


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