Jeanette Armstrong: Keynote Lecture

Both educator and protector, Jeannette Armstrong is a professor of Indigenous Studies and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). She is a Spokesperson for indigenous peoples’ rights. The award-winning writer and activist, novelist and poet has always sought to change deeply biased misconceptions related to Aboriginal peoples. Her research into indigenous philosophies and Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics that are coded into Syilx literature has been recognized locally and globally, and she serves as an active member of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the En’owkin Centre. Known for her literary work, Armstrong has written about creativity, education, ecology and Indigenous rights. Slash, which Armstrong published in 1985, is considered by many as the first novel by a First Nations woman.

Ann Hui: Literary Guest

Ann Hui is the Globe and Mail’s National Food Reporter, using food as a lens to explore public policy, health, the environment, science and technology. In 2016, she travelled across Canada for a series called Chop Suey Nation, which told the stories of Chinese restaurants in small towns and the families who run them. She’s now working on a book, to be published by Douglas & McIntyre in 2018, about Chinese restaurants across Canada.

 Midnight Shine: Musical Guests

Not many bands play their very first show opening for legendary Canadian rockers like Trooper. Then again, not many bands are quite like Midnight Shine. The Northern Ontario foursome is turning heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock. Anchored by the melodic vocals and eloquent lyrics of charismatic singer/songwriter Adrian Sutherland, their music is not only radio-friendly, but also explores First Nations’ culture, tradition and life in the north with depth and meaning. They’re a ‘must-hear’ band you’ll take a real shine to.

Midnight Shine are:

Adrian Sutherland – lead vocals/guitar – from Attawapiskat First Nation
George Gillies – drums/vocals – from Fort Albany First Nation
Stan Louttit – bass/vocals – from Moose Factory First Nation
Zach Tomatuk – guitar/vocals – from Moose Factory First Nation

Melanie Goodchild: Emcee

Melanie Goodchild, Anishinaabe, is a member of the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation (formerly Ojibways of the Pic River) in northwestern Ontario. Melanie, moose clan, is the daughter of Delaney and Melinda. Her great great maternal grandfather was a traditional healer from Treaty 3 territory, Lake of the Woods. She has an HBA and MA in Sociology and is pursuing her PhD in Social & Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. She is currently working with the Toronto Arts Council and several other organizations, who are pursuing systems thinking and complexity theory approaches to tackling wicked problems. She was a 2015/16 International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation (IWFLF) Global Leadership Fellow, sponsored by Harvard Business School and INSEAD, and is nominated as a TED 2017 Global Fellow. She is a former board member of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and former national chair of the Arts Network for Children & Youth (ANCY). Melanie is also a graduate of the International Film & Television Workshops lm resident program in screenwriting, in Rockport, Maine.

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