Footprints in the Snow
Because Gabrielle is First Nations, she was born with some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was 8x more likely to commit suicide than the average Canadian, 3x 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 raw circumstances, she worked hard to follow her heart. She became the youngest Associate in one of Canada’s most competitive finance programs, was the first in her family to complete post-secondary education, travelled to 20 countries on five continents, worked with Heads of State and started a national organization for Aboriginal Professionals. This inspirational tale discusses how she did it, what motivates her, and why ‘each step we make is a responsibility to those that follow.’
Indigenous Leadership & Education: Our Shared Canadian Journey
Aboriginal people are the fastest growing demographic in Canada, growing at more than twice the rate of non-Aboriginals. This presentation focuses on how Aboriginal people are growing in numbers, educational rates, and what it means for the Canadian economy. She will share stories from her personal journey while linking it to the broader Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal context.
Why Aboriginal Leadership Matters
Let’s talk numbers. There is a business case for Aboriginal leadership in Canada. This presentation focuses on the economic lift that investing in Aboriginal leadership, education, and youth will provide. Learn about how Aboriginal people are growing businesses, working in organizations across Canada, and what it means for our economic circumstances. The rest of the world knows about the Aboriginal business case in Canada, you should too.
Idle No More 101
In the winter of ‘12/13 an indigenous human rights movement swept Canada and the world. It took Social Media by storm and caused a media frenzy. Most Canadians knew of a hunger strike, protests, and an omnibus bill. How did it organize? What was its purpose? Why should it matter to most Canadians? In this presentation Gabrielle breaks down who, what, when, where, and most importantly, they why, of the Idle No More movement.
Indspire's First Nations Youth Recipient