Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, CEO at All Nations Hope Network
Margaret is a First Nations Cree woman with family ties to George Gordon First Nation in Treaty Four territory of what is now known as Saskatchewan. Margaret is the CEO of All Nations Indigenous Network (ANIN) and celebrates 20+ years of responding to HIV, HCV and colonial impacts in Saskatchewan’s Indigenous communities through culture, ceremony, humour, and Indigenous ways. Today Margaret stands strong in her Indigeneity, gives gratitude to the Creator for the teachers, healers, lessons, and blessings on her journey, and is humbled by the magic of the Great Mystery. She knows who she is as an Indigenous woman, as a community leader, a pipe carrier, as a medicine carrier.
Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Chair in Northern & Indigenous Health at Health Sciences North North Research Institute
Dr. Carrie Bourassa is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute for Aboriginal Peoples’ Health and a Chair in Northern & Indigenous Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario. Prior to taking this position in October 2016, she served her communities as a Professor of Indigenous Health Studies at First Nations University of Canada for fifteen years. Dr. Bourassa is an Indigenous community-based researcher and is proud to be the successful Nominated Principal Investigator on two Canada Foundation for Innovation Grants that funded the Indigenous Community-based Health Research Lab in 2010 and most recently in April 2016 the Cultural Safety Evaluation, Training and Research Lab at FNUniv. She is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and was recently appointed as a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institutes Advisory Boards – Institute for Aboriginal Peoples’ Health. Carrie’s research interests include the impacts of colonization on the health of Indigenous people; creating culturally safe care in health service delivery; Indigenous community-based health research methodology; HIV/AIDS, HCV among Indigenous people; end-of-life care among Indigenous people; dementia among Indigenous people, Indigenous Water Governance and Indigenous women’s health. Carrie is Métis, belonging to the Regina Riel Métis Council #34.
Elder Betty McKenna, Guiding Elder
Elder Betty McKenna is Anishnabae from the Shoal River Band #366 who, with her husband Ken, has had three children. She is an elder for First Nations and Metis education at the Regina Public School Board, a lecturer of Indigenous Health Studies in social work and biology, and guiding elder for many research projects, including Elder for IAPH and Research and Education for Solutions to violence and abuse. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and is an editor of the book, Listening To The Beat Of Our Drum. She has served on the College of Physicians and Surgeons and National Elders Advisory Corrections Canada. Elder Betty was the recipient of the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee medals and Excellence in Health award.
Natalie Owl, First Nations University of Canada
Natalie Owl is a member of Sagamok Anishnawbek and the mother of three children. Saskatchewan has been her home for the past 21 years and she has been actively involved in local language initiatives and culture. She recently completed her Master’s thesis on The Effects of the Intergenerational Residential School Experience and Negative Racial Stereotyping on Ojibwe Speech Patterns in Mid-Northern Ontario Anishnawbek and successfully defended it in August 2015. Her plans are to continue her work on the sociolinguistic factors affecting Nishnaabemwin and grow more successful gardens in an urban setting.
Carolyn Pelletier, All Nations Hope Network
Leona Quewezance, Program Director at All Nations Hope Network.
An Indigenous Saulteaux mother of four and grandmother of three. For the last 15 years in the field of HIV and Hepatitis her passion is sharing knowledge in the community to help decrease the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV. Currently the Program Director for All Nations Hope Network she is responsible for the training sessions offered by the network. Training offered include; Sharing the Knowledge inclusive of an intensive two full days of HIV & Hepatitis C knowledge and is currently developing a new training called Cultural Connections. Leona trusts that each promotional event in the field is an opportunity to provide awareness of prevention and reality.
Dr. Earl Nowgesic, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto
Earl Nowgesic, PhD, is Ojibwe from the Gull Bay First Nation. Earl an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences and the Interim Associate Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, based in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (U of T). Earl holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Science (specializing in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences) and a Master of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from the U of T and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa. He is a graduate of the Field Epidemiology Training Program of Health Canada, Laboratory Centre for Disease Control. He has held a number of competitive grants and awards, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship in Health Services and Population Health HIV/AIDS Priority Announcement. He has published papers in the areas of HIV, tuberculosis, diabetes, nursing, public health, and research capacity and infrastructure. Earl has over 20 years of experience working in the health sector in Canada.