Footprints in the Snow: Inspiring Those Who Follow
Born into a First Nations community, Gabrielle faced some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was eleven times more likely to be reported missing, three times more likely to be unemployed, be underfunded in her quest for education, and more likely to drop out of high school than finish it. In the face of these circumstances, she worked hard to follow her heart. She was the first in her family to complete post-secondary education, became the youngest Associate in one of Canada’s most competitive finance programs, travelled to 40 countries on six continents, and started a national organization for Indigenous Professionals. Today Gabrielle has masters degrees from Harvard and Stanford University. This inspirational presentation explores how she did it, what motivates her, and why ‘each step we make is a responsibility to those that follow.’
Reconciliation in the Workplace
Indigenous inclusion and reconciliation in the private sector have come a long way, but still have a long way to go. Getting this right is paramount to build an inclusive and just Canada. While many Canadians agree with reconciliation, most don’t know where to start. In this presentation, Gabrielle shares her personal experience to show the importance of getting it right. She will help establish a deeper understanding around the Truth and Reconciliations calls to actions for the private sector. Gabrielle will explore case studies from companies like Nike and Twitter to show how organizations can be more inclusive of Indigenous voices and successfully collaborate.
Indigenous Education in Canada
Indigenous peoples are the fastest growing demographic in Canada, growing at more than twice the rate of non-Indigenous Canadians. Three out of ten Indigenous people are under the age of fifteen. While many agree with the need to incorporate Indigenous voices throughout our education system, many don’t know where to start and how we need to better equip teachers. This presentation is for education professionals. Gabrielle will help audiences be more inclusive by incorporating Indigenous voices in the classroom and sharing resources where they can learn and feel empowered to teach this content. She shares how educators helped put her on a different path, eventually going on to graduate from both Harvard and Stanford, and how education plays a key role in reconciliation for Canada.
Canada’s Next 150 years
As Gabrielle wrote in her acclaimed New York Times op-ed, while Canada celebrated its 150 years, many Indigenous people were mourning the milestone. While Indigenous peoples are growing in numbers and education rates, Canada still has a long way to go on its reconciliation journey. In this thought-provoking talk, Gabrielle shares reflections on the legacy of residential schools and the economic impact reconciliation can have on Canada moving forward. Through her own inspirational story, Gabrielle shares what can happen when we focus on Indigenous youth and leadership and shares a vision for the next 150 years in Canada.
Workshop | Team Building & Goal Setting
Gabrielle has worked with Indigenous communities, facilitating workshops bringing in leadership lessons (with an Indigenous lens) from her time at Harvard and Stanford. From goal setting, visioning, to team building, Gabrielle has the facilitation experience to help bring your team to new heights.
Workshop | Understanding Indigenous Voices
Many people need a safe space to learn about Indigenous history, and this workshop provides that. Gabrielle will provide a primer on Indigenous communities, and facilitate a safe-space Q&A to help your team understand topics like reconciliation, residential schools, and Indigenous inclusion.
Gleitsman Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School
Indspire's First Nations Youth Recipient