Presenting : Opening Ceremony and Medicine Pouch Workshop.
Rhonda Doxtator is from the Oneida nation from Southern Ontario. Rhonda is from the turtle clan and her name is Kawisaha, which means “she is carrying ice”. Rhonda is passionate about cultural arts and has travelled to various indigenous communities to teach dance and regalia making to youth and children. Rhonda has also been a pow wow dancer for 30 years and believes in the importance of sharing knowledge and cultural awareness.
Presenting: Drumming Presentation
Josh Lewis is from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory and grew up in Sudbury, Ontario. He lives on Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabek Territory. Josh is from the Sturgeon Clan. He is Odawa/Anishinaabe. Josh is an educator and helper and is the Indigenous Student Support Coordinator, which is part of the Indigenous Education team within the Ottawa Carleton District School BoardJosh Lewis
DEAN A Janvier
Presenting: Politics and Self Governance
Dean A. Janvier is an entrepreneur and consultant specializing in Indigenous business & politics, industry relations, policy and communications. Dean has more than 20 years of extensive experience in executive and senior level positions in Indigenous and Canadian politics, Indigenous policy, business, corporate relations and communications.
Dean served in several key positions at the Assembly of First Nations between 1998 and 2009, including the Associate Chief of Staff. In the past 8 years, Dean has held key positions at the Cold Lake First Nation, including elected Band Councillor, Band Administrator, Economic Development Officer, Business Development Officer, Manager of Tri-Rez Energy, Director of Tri-Rez Grader, Director of Primco Dene Group of Companies, and Director of Seven Lakes Oilfield Services.
In 2016, Dean launched an Indigenous environmental services company, Haneshe LP, in partnership with Golder Associates, which has now completed its fourth successful year of operations working primarily in the energy and pipeline sectors.
Travelling extensively throughout Canada and the USA throughout his career, Dean has worked in both the public and private sectors from the field to the Boardroom at the local, regional, provincial-territorial, national and international levels. Dean is a Denesuline citizen and resides on Cold Lake First Nation in north-eastern Alberta.
Presenting: Educating Yourself Workshop
Jody Alexander is an Algonquin from Pikwakanagan First Nation in Ontario. With 17 years experience in education, Jody believes infusing Indigenous history, perspectives and knowledge will benefit every student and through this new knowledge a better Canada will be created for future generations. She is the Vice Principal of Indigenous Education with the OCDSB.
Presenting: Indigenous Treaty Rights and Land Claims Session
Candice is a citizen of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Nation. She devotes her law practice to the protection and implementation of Aboriginal and Treaty rights for First Nations clients. Candice currently focuses on assisting First Nations in developing governance and economic capacity, preparing and negotiating the resolution of land claims, self government and natural resource agreements, as well as the implementation of Treaties.
Presenting: Environmental Teaching
Fred (Kabooniishin) McGregor is an Omamiwinini (Algonquin) Anishinabe from the community of Kitigan Zibi (Garden River) Anishinabeg near Maniwaki, Quebec.
Fred has assisted and supported various Elders, Fire Keepers in ceremonies, talking circles and discussion groups throughout the years. He has conducted numerous cross-cultural workshops with various post-secondary/college institutions and federal/public/non-profit organizations as well as various elementary/high schools and school boards in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. This is in addition to being a master of ceremonies for traditional powwow’s, gatherings and conferences.
Presenting: Woodland Painting Workshop
Mark Seabrook is from the Spanish River Indian Reserve, also known as Sagamok. He is an Ojibwe artist, poet, writer, performer, and playwright. Mark’s paintings reflect his Ojibwe heritage, and often prominently feature birds and fish, as he was born into both the Bird Clan and Fish Clan. Mark’s paintings often include image of people, surrounded with symbols that represent one’s identity on the inside, as well as one’s identity as its seen in the world.
Presenting: Closing Ceremony
Monique Manatch is a member of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. Monique is a Knowledge Keeper working closely with Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont. Currently, Monique is a student at Carleton University taking a doctorate program in Anthropology focusing on the impact, use and creation of digital arts in the Indigenous community. Her Master’s Degree is in Indigenous and Canadian Studies with a specialty in Digital Humanities. Monique also holds a postgraduate diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration. In 2004, Monique became founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations (www.icmi.ca). ICMI is dedicated skills development of Indigenous women and youth through the production media and arts. Monique has facilitated Indigenous artists and community members throughout Ontario and Quebec. Over the past 20 years Monique has produced several video documentaries about Indigenous issues. Monique also facilitated the production of videos and community radio programming with women and youth from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg, Barriere Lake, Moose Factory and the Indigenous community in Ottawa.