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Sarain Fox

Speaker

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Activist, Storyteller, & Entrepreneur

Sarain Fox is a dancer, choreographer, activist and television host. A storyteller at heart, she combines these various mediums to amplify the voices of her people in hopes of creating meaningful dialogue between her indigenous community and settler communities. Sarain’s screen highlights include Rise (Viceland), Cut-Off (Viceland) and APTN’s Future History. She is most noted for her 2020 documentary film Inendi (on CBC Gem) for which she received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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Community First: Rebuilding Trust & Reconnecting to Purpose

Without question, our communities have been facing significant challenge, trauma, and divisiveness throughout this pandemic. At work, school, and with our families & friends, how do we begin to reconnect with each other and with our purpose?

In this presentation, Sarain shares how she’s found hope for communities despite challenges of inequity and the toll of the pandemic. She highlights the power of the Indigenous response to the pandemic in calling us to return to the land, prioritize our time with children and elders, and learn about our histories and traditions. The path forward relies on strengthening our communities with innovative approaches and best practices for building trust, disrupting the status quo, and taking care of our of each other.

Career Development | The Golden Thread

In today’s information-heavy world, we’re exposed to more individuals (and their unique experiences) than ever before. This has had a profound impact on identifying a career path. With an abundance of fields you may be deeply connected with, the adage “follow your passion” no longer holds weight.

From styling music videos for artists like A Tribe Called Red, to landing influencer deals with major brands like Harley Davidson and Canada Goose, to hosting RISE at the frontlines of Indigenous communities – Sarain Fox has built her career at the cross-section of activism and media. In this presentation, she provides audiences with a new lens to explore career development. Sarain shares crucial career lessons including – the myth of the “big break”, the reality of imposter syndrome and the invaluable impact of believing in yourself (cheesy but true!). Audiences will leave with the tools needed to shift from seeking something they want to do, to finding a way to make the things they love to do coexist. The golden thread that ties it all together!

Key Takeaways:
• How to think differently about your future career & discover what will lead you to become your most authentic self.
• Strategies to cope with the harsh realities of a culture obsessed with profit and beauty ideals.

Sustainability & Land Protection

Much of the climate justice movement has been led by Indigenous peoples. Their culture and regard for land and water are vital to securing the future of planet. As an Indigenous storyteller, Sarain’s voice is a guiding force in our work to protect the environment. A thread throughout all of Sarain’s work is land and sustainability, and more recently she has focused on the impact of sustainable travel and eco-tourism. She is an ambassador for TreadRight Foundation (a non-profit focused on sustainable travel and cultural preservation) and sits on the board of directors of the Center for Biological Diversity.

In all of her activism work, she focuses on what we are fighting for as opposed to against. This positive perspective brings ease to conversations around climate change and making a difference. In order to keep the earth habitable for humanity, individuals and organizations need more effective solutions. Sarain begins by sharing details on the state of our environment and then inspires audiences to change their habits, one step at a time.

The Power of Honest Introductions

How do you introduce yourself? Do you acknowledge and share who you really are? Sarain Fox, storyteller, Indigenous activist, and television host, shares stories about the power of introductions as a gateway to our personal truths and to connect us to what we have in common: each other.

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Host/MC
From the screen to the stage, Sarain brings a thoughtful, engaging approach to her role as host. She helps weave together insights & dialogue to help tell a story that motivates audiences to action. Her hosting duties on screen include RISE on VICELAND & Future History on APTN. On-stage, she's hosted events of all sizes, from small intimate discussions to large arena-filled celebrations like WE Day.

Audience reviews:

  • Sarain was spectacular, both as a speaker and moderator. She was very generous and vulnerable in her stories and perspective, was extremely honest and inspiring, and a great addition to the session. She worked effortlessly with the rest of the panel, leading the conversation and encouraging them to expand on their observations and experiences. - Canada Green Building Council
  • Sarain was incredible. She was one of the highlights of the day. I was also thoroughly impressed by her ability to answer questions so thoughtfully on the fly – not all speakers have the ability to do that. - Catalyst Canada Inc.
  • Oh my - that was beautiful! Very uplifting! Thank you so much.
    Thank you for your answer! I love the message of "all, not one" - so beautiful.
    Very powerful and a beautiful takeaway from Sarain's message today.
    Find the humanity - so important. Thank you so much, Sarain.
    Humanity and gratitude....so important!
    That was so wonderful - sitting with discomfort! - Audience feedback in session chat - 2022
 

Speaker Biography

Sarain Fox is a Canadian Anishinaabe activist, broadcaster and filmmaker. A storyteller at heart, Sarain combines various mediums to amplify the voices of her people in hopes of creating meaningful dialogue between Indigenous and settler communities. Sarain has built her career at the cross-section of activism and media. Her mother and great aunt are the oral record keepers of the family. They have passed down ancient teachings from generations of knowledge-keepers and have raised her to be proud of her Indigenous roots. As a result, Sarain has become a powerful and vibrant voice for the Indigenous community.

In 2020 she founded Land Back Studios a production company focused on authentic storytelling in new-media, television and film. She is most noted for her 2020 documentary film Inendi, for which she received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program, and currently runs on CBC GEM.

You’ve seen Sarain in the larger than life billboards & videos for Sephora’s ‘We Belong to Something Beautiful’ initiative, or as the host for APTN’s Future History & Viceland’s RISE. As an Indigenous Entrepreneur, AMEX Canada partnered with Sarain for the launch of their Blueprint campaign to support BIPOC Businesses. As a brand ambassador, Sarain uses her platform to celebrate the immense knowledge and talent of Indigenous people, designers and brands. She has leant her voice to international brands such as Sephora, Canada Goose, Nike N7, and Manitobah Mukluks. Sarain sees each partnership and campaign as an opportunity to highlight her culture in the mainstream, share the stage with up-and-coming Indigenous talent and change the world for her people.

Sarain is also an ambassador for TreadRight Foundation (a non-profit focused on sustainable travel and cultural preservation) and sits on the board of directors of the Center for Biological Diversity.