Technology and Reconciliation
In a world with AI, decentralization, and smartphones, what is going to happen with the diverse array of indigenous languages, cultures, and traditional ways of life? Gabrielle Scrimshaw explores the role technology plays for first nations communities in reconciling the past and transforming future. Technology not only exists for indigenous communities but has also been created by indigenous communities long before the modern era of rapid technological development. Gabrielle shows us how we need to work more collaboratively with indigenous communities in building future technology.
• Reconciliation with indigenous communities is the responsibility of everyone.
• How to be more collaborative with Indigenous communities when developing new technology.
Footprints in the Snow: Inspiring Those Who Follow
Born into a First Nations community, Gabrielle had some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was eleven times more likely to be reported missing and three times more likely to be unemployed. She was more likely to drop out of high school than finish it. In the face of these circumstances, she worked hard and followed 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 master’s 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 progressed, but still have a long way to go. Achieving this goal 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 Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action 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, with a population increasing at more than twice the rate of non-Indigenous Canadians. Three out of ten Indigenous people are under the age of fifteen. While most people agree with the need to incorporate Indigenous voices throughout our education system, many don’t know where to start. In this presentation for education professionals, Gabrielle helps 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. She believes that education will play a key role in reconciliation in Canada.
Canada’s Next 150 years
As Gabrielle wrote in her acclaimed New York Times op-ed, while Canada celebrated its 150th birthday, many Indigenous people were mourning the milestone. Indigenous people are becoming better educated, but Canada is just embarking 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 in the future. 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 SettingGabrielle 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 VoicesMany 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