The keynote events include:
* We are very pleased to have the Traditional Anishnabe Kokomag from this Land to give a prayer and welcoming to participants, speakers and organizers.
The Kokomag will be sharing a short story of their experience in protecting the Land to encourage strength, inspiration, compassion, bravery, love and kindness to the Youth.
* Opening address will be given by Shannon Chief. Shannon is a mother of 6 children and a grandmother to 4 little ones. She is from the Wolf Clan belonging to the Anishnabe Nation of the Ottawa River Watershed. She is a prophecy keeper which has guided her to resist Climate Change in her homelands. Shannon contributes on different levels to the decolonization and recovery of her people's sovereignty. The defense of the land, animals and the people's way of life is a priority that is fully supported and encouraged by the traditional elders. Shannon has guided the International Women's Declaration during the Women's Against Extractvisim hosted by the Quebec Native Women's Association last fall. She has also developed an Anishnabe Land Based Curriculum with the Kokomag Advisory Council based on their Traditional Governance.
* Kanahus Manuel is our next keynote speaker. Kanahus is Secwepemc and Ktunaxa, her unceded Territory lies within so-called British Columbia, Canada. Kanahus is member of the Secwepemc Women Warriors and Tiny House Warriors and is a mother of 4 and a twin. She was born into Indigenous Resistance and Land Defence, coming from a high-profile political family known for bringing their fight for their Traditional Territories and homelands into the spotlight from the local to the international level. Kanahus’ inheritance of the land struggle has led her to spearhead many Indigenous frontlines.
* Romeo Saganash, Member of Parliament for Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou and member of the Cree community of Waswanipi is our next keynote speaker. Romeo is a survivor of the Indian Residential Schools; he was the first Indigenous person to receive a law degree in Quebec; he founded the Cree Nation Youth Council, was Deputy Grand Chief to the Grand Council of the Cree; and he has been a key negotiator for many national and international initiatives, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
* Manitoba's former Grand Chief Derek Nepinak's will share a story of the awakening of Niibin Makwa, the tale of where he started from and his history as Anishinabe. Nepinak served as Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs from 2011-2017, is a former Chief of the Pine Creek First Nation & a former Chairman of the West Region Tribal Council. He has built a reputation as a strong leader & negotiator, with an educational background in law, policy, history & art. His advocacy approach is built on understandings of inherent & treaty rights as the foundation for relationship building & reconciliation with Canada.
IMPORTANT: If you are a young person already registered for PowerShift, your registration gets you free admission to the keynotes.
If you are a member of the community and want to attend the keynote events, you can purchase your tickets here: https://ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1816249
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