Indigenous Speakers

Experts & Advocates on Identity & Inclusion

Indigenous Speaker Ideas

We’ve had the honour of working with some of the most respected Indigenous speakers on the speaking platform. These speakers cover a range of topics for any audience, including:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Reconciliation
  • Education & Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Mental Health
    …and more.

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Our Most Popular Indigenous Speakers:

Jennifer Podemski | Indigenous Representation Advocate & CEO of Redcloud Studios

Jennifer is an actress, producer, director, and CEO of Redcloud Studios. As a result of her recognition in the Canadian film and television industry, Jennifer shifted her career to focus on producing in her attempt to address the lack of Indigenous representation in the industry. She co-founded Big Soul Productions, Canada’s first Indigenous-owned and operated production company, and later launched her current company, Redcloud Studios. In combination with her personal story and motivational words, Jennifer Podemski empowers her audience through a lens of advocacy and stories. | view profile

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Jesse Wente | Broadcaster, Indigenous Advocate & Pop Culture Philosopher

A self-described ‘Ojibwe dude’ with a national and international lens, Jesse Wente encourages audiences to consider diversity and inclusion into the future view of their organization, industry and country. Jesse Wente has appeared on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years. He’s currently Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts.  He previously served as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where he oversaw theatrical, Cinematheque and Film Circuit programming. | view profile

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Eddy Robinson | Indigenous Artist, Activist & Educator

Eddy Robinson is a an Anishinaabe/Muskegowuk Cree of the Missanabie Cree First Nation born and raised in the city of Toronto. He strongly believes that achieving a mutually respectful relationship with Indigenous communities is through creating culturally safe environments together in partnership with corporations, government, non-profits, educational and charitable organizations. | view profile

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Sarain Fox | Indigenous Advocate & Storyteller 

Sarain is an activist, artist, and a passionate ambassador for her community and culture. A storyteller at heart, she combines various mediums to amplify the voices of her people in hopes of creating meaningful dialogue between Indigenous and settler communities. From landing endorsement deals with major brands like Harley Davidson and Canada Goose, to hosting Viceland’s RISE at the frontlines of Indigenous communities – Sarain has built her career at the cross-section of activism and media. In all of her activism work, Sarain keeps the focus on what we are fighting for – not against. This positive perspective brings ease to conversations around polarizing topics like climate change, colonialism, and human rights. | view profile

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Phil Fontaine | Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Bold, tenacious, solution-oriented and forward-looking, Phil Fontaine is an articulate advocate for the future of Canada and for our indigenous peoples. As the former three-term National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, he is a shining example of how strong leadership can work. Phil traveled to Rome on March 30, 2022, to meet privately with the Pope to address the Catholic Church’s role in operating residential schools. While in Rome, he hopes his meeting leads to a papal apology on Indigenous territory during an anticipated Canadian visit, along with a better understanding of the trauma caused by the residential school system, and the release of church records to help identify students who died at the institutions. | view profile

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Roberta Jamieson | Lawyer & Indigenous Advocate

Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, the first Indigenous woman in Canada to earn a law degree. After that, she became Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario, and then served ten years as Ontario’s first female Ombudsman. Roberta has carved out a notable career as an advisor, leader, advocate, and consensus builder — always with a keen eye to social justice, problem-solving, and, above all, the rights and interests of First Nations people. It is not easy to speak or hear about the wrongs that have been committed against Indigenous Peoples, but Roberta Jamieson does that with mastery and authenticity. She tells a difficult and painful story while putting forward a cathartic vision that Canadians can work together to make a difference for future generations. | view profile

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Kendal Netmaker | Entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Neechie Gear®

Kendal speaks professionally to thousands of people worldwide on resilience, leadership, and the power of telling your story. He is a leading entrepreneur, the founder of Neechie Gear®, the author of Driven To Succeed, and has received over 25 business awards. Kendal is DRIVEN to share his story and help motivate and build resilient leaders and organizations. | view profile

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Inspiring Real Change

A lack of acceptance and inclusivity often leads to a breakdown in our teams and communities. Hosting an Indigenous speaker will inspire positive change and the creation of inclusive spaces. Consider hiring a speaker for an event around:

  • Orange Shirt Day
  • Indigenous History Month
  • Indigenous Peoples Day
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Mental Health Awareness
    …and more.

Our experienced roster of Indigenous speakers are available to help you create the awareness and inspiration for a better, more diverse and inclusive world. 

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