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
- Education & Entrepreneurship
- Indigenous Rights
- Mental Health
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Our Most Popular Indigenous Speakers:
Jesse Wente | Anishinaabe Writer & Broadcaster, and Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts
A self-described ‘Ojibwe dude’ with a national and international lens, Jesse encourages audiences to consider diversity and inclusion into the future view of their organization, industry, and community. Best known for his 24 years as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, Jesse is currently the Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office and Chair of the Board Of Directors for the Canada Council for the Arts, the only First Nations person to ever hold that position. As an outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights, Jesse offers up key strategies for breaking down barriers and building for diversity & inclusion. | view profile
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
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
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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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
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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