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RavenSPEAK: Amplified

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Courage × Resurgence × Mastery × Community

RavenSPEAK is a learning space, speaker showcase event, and Indigenous Speakers Hub. RavenSPEAK is where Indigenous leaders and storytellers are visible, masterful, amplified, and connected.

Where stories are told, truths are unearthed, voices are heard, and a new narrative begins. Together we will elevate the compelling voices, vital messages, and remarkable profiles of Indigenous peoples.

RavenSPEAK: Amplified is an evening showcase event on December 11, 2018, with incredible Indigenous change-makers sharing personal, punchy, passionate, powerful talks. Vancouver Civic Theatres is a co-presenter at the Annex - a spunky venue in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

RavenSPEAK program - Indigenous Leaders and Storytellers - visible, masterful, amplified, & connected. www.ravenspeak.ca

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Laurie Sterrit I Founder Indigenous Women's Leadership Summit (IWLS)

Laurie Sterritt is a Management Consultant and IWLS event coordinator. She is a values-based leader with over 25 years’ experience in the fields of Indigenous, government and community relations. Laurie has a passion for creating economic and social change with the participation of companies, governments, and communities that have normally been at odds. Inspiring connections that lead to balanced and thoughtful partnerships, Laurie is known for her commitment to influencing diversity and inclusion within corporate Canada. She’s worked across the natural resources sectors including electric utilities, mining, forestry, and LNG and has supported education and training initiatives with and for 100+ First Nation communities. Active in her community, she has been appointed by the provincial government to several Crown boards in BC and volunteers for many non-profit organizations and committees. A member of the Kispiox Band of the Gitxsan Nation, Laurie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and a Certificate in Professional Fund Raising.

Mary Point I Manager, Indigenous Relations YVR

Mary Point is the Manager of Indigenous Relations at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) as part of the Musqueam Indian Band - YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement. Mary will help to further develop the relationship between the two parties, facilitating the elements of this agreement and exploring new joint business opportunities.

Mary has worked throughout British Columbia for two decades, developing strategic partnerships with a range of First Nations communities and local businesses, and for the last seven years with Musqueam Indian Band in community planning and facilities management. Mary is a proud member of the Musqueam Indian Band – formerly Musqueam Facilities Manager, and Community Planner. She brings extensive experience in strategic communications, partnerships and community relations to her new position at YVR.

Alexander Dirksen I Program Director, Community Knowledge Exchange

A proud member of Métis Nation BC, Alexander has diverse experience as a researcher, facilitator, public speaker, and strategist. From contributing to the development of national awareness-building efforts to exploring tangible acts of reconciliation with individuals and organizations, his work is driven by a fierce personal commitment to decolonization and the meaningful advancement of reconciliation.

Alexander currently serves as Program Director for Community Knowledge Exchange, where he is supporting innovative, decolonized and inclusive social change practices in Canada. He also serves on the board of Apathy is Boring.

Alexander has served as Manager of Strategy and Engagement with the First Nations Technology Council, Government Relations and Strategic Engagement with Reconciliation Canada, Operations Manager for the Banff Forum and as a researcher at the Centre for Global Research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where he explored transitional justice and reconciliation in the context of Timor-Leste.

Alexander holds an M.A. in Global Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a B.A. (with Honours) in International Studies from Simon Fraser University. In 2018, Alexander was recognized as one of 200 global "Leaders of Tomorrow" by the St. Gallen Symposium.

Racelle Kooy

Racelle Kooy grew up with a deep love for salmon, the Pacific Ocean, and the mighty cedar forests. Of Secwepemc, St’atl’imc and Dutch ancestry, she is a member of Samahquam First Nation with strong family ties to Stswecem’c Xgat’tem.

Racelle has dedicated her professional talents to strengthening opportunities for Indigenous People and communities. She has 20 years of expertise in communications, government and media relations. She is a trusted advisor with strong analytical skills, adept at counseling leadership in advancing organizations. As a community engagement specialist, she is attuned to both the opportunities and the challenges that Indigenous people of Canada face.

Racelle has respectfully represented First Nations People and cultures to the world in English, French, and Spanish at regional, national and global platforms like the Cannes International Film Festival and the inaugural live broadcast launch of Aboriginal People’s Television Network. She enjoys working directly with communities as well as collaborating with national organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations and the Indspire Foundation.

She stays grounded through her ancestral First Nation spiritual practices and as pow wow dancer. She finds great joy in instigating a round of belly laughs and “aha” moments of exchanges with others.

Autumn Walkem

Autumn Walkem is from N'kawmn of the Nlaka'pamux Nation, in Interior British Columbia. Her mother is Delilah Walkem, her Yeye is Lorraine Spence, and her great-grandmother is Elizabeth Lytton. Autumn recognizes that she was blessed to have these three generations of wisdom, strength, and love, while growing up. Early on in childhood, she learned to have reverence for the power of words, whether they were written or spoken, and that respect continues to this day.

Not only is writing an act of storytelling for her, it's also an act of cultural continuity, means of survival, and source of empowerment. After graduating high school with honours and meriting Aboriginal Valediction of School District #73, Autumn is in her first year of studies at the University of Victoria.

Wawmeesh Hamilton I Discourse Media

Wawmeesh Hamilton is a journalist/photographer at The Discourse in Vancouver B.C. He writes about Indigenous issues in the space The Discourse dedicates specifically for reconciliation. He has won three B.C.-Yukon Community Newspaper Association awards, three Canadian Community Newspaper Association awards and, along with colleague Peter Mothe, a 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Award. His work has been published with CBC, The Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail, /Star-Metro Vancouver and The Tyee. Wawmeesh graduated with an MA from the UBC Graduate School of Journalism in 2016. His final research project documented the banishment and reintegration of Indigenous sex offenders from their First Nations. Wawmeesh is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, B.C. Wawmeesh is married and he and his wife have five children.

Madelaine McCallum

Gracing the stage with her gentle yet powerful presence, Madelaine takes her audience through an extraordinary journey of transformation and healing. Through dance and the spiritual teachings of her father, Madelaine has found a powerful way to share her culture.

Madelaine’s life story is all about discovering “the Fire Within.”

When Madelaine left her home community her goal was to break the unhealthy cycles of addiction. Her story of survival leaves no one indifferent. She tells the story of how it took many years to break the cycle of violence and broken relationships to emerge changed, reborn, and aptly named Strong Earth Woman

Professional dancer, model, actress, artist, Emcee and choreographer, Madelaine McCallum still chokes up when people say: “You are so pretty; you must have had an easy life”. Life was not easy for Madelaine. At twelve years old she was on the road, hitchhiking from Northern Saskatchewan to British Columbia to find her father.

Despite the torment of her younger years, Madelaine completed high school with honours. After her post-secondary education, she went on to become an Aboriginal Youth Facilitator, and continues to provide education and awareness on suicide prevention, healthy relationships, and honouring “the Fire Within”.

As she shares the dance of her life, her message illuminates the room. When she models the camera catches the energy behind her physical form, and when she speaks, you feel her truth.

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