Wed, Sept 22 Pathfinder: Finding Your Way to Economic Reconciliation. Details below.
Wed, Sept 29 Let’s Talk: Reconciliation Conversations. Register here. Details below.
Thurs, Sept 30 National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Visit our Sept 30 Resource Page.
Tues, Oct 5 – 7 Wîcihitowin Indigenous Engagement Conference. Details here.
Wed, Oct 27 1pm The Ballantyne Project. Details coming soon. Register here.
We are at a unique time in history when the private sector has a tremendous opportunity to advance truth and reconciliation in Canada. Yet, there is no rulebook for moving forward. Pathfinders will attempt to help professionals understand Economic Reconciliation: why it is critical to get engaged in truth and reconciliation, why it’s good for business, and what is the path to start or deepen commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action. Listen to speakers, participate in the Q & A, and join breakout rooms focused on specific areas of Economic Reconciliation to learn more about how you can create a difference.
SYNOPSIS: Building the Business Case for Economic Reconciliation
John Desjarlais Jr. is Nehinaw (Cree)-Metis from Kamistikominahikoskak (Cumberland House), Saskatchewan. John started his career in 2001 in the mining industry and worked in a variety of roles including radiation protection, environment, safety, maintenance, and reliability engineering management. During this time, he also completed an undergrad in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master’s in Business Administration and finishing a second Master’s in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous areas. John now proudly serves as the General Manager of Great Plains Contracting; An Industrial construction company whose primary owner is FHQ Developments. John also serves community in many ways in boards, councils, and committees, including as President-Elect of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.
SYNOPSIS: How can business leaders implement truth and reconciliation in their spaces and workplace culture? Find out where you are in your reconciliation journey and how you can deepen your impact.
As the Director, Human Resources for Des Nedhe Group of Companies, Lacey Unrau and her team are responsible for all matters related to Human Resources, including recruitment, selection, rewards and employee engagement and employment related matters across Canada. Des Nedhe, owned by English River First Nation was designed to grow sustainable employment and economic opportunities for its community members. Economic and Employment Reconciliation remains one of its core purposes, not only for its Nation but all Indigenous communities across Canada.
With more than 15 years experience in Human Resources, Lacey Unrau has worked for a variety of companies operating at a local, regional and global scale in a wide range of sectors including industrial construction, mining, retail and engineering companies. Mrs. Unrau is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Keyano College and Honours Degree from Athabasca University.
SYNOPSIS: Corporate Reconciliation is becoming increasingly important and it continues to gain momentum in Saskatoon’s business community. Nick will talk about his own company’s journey in reconciliation and share some learnings gathered along the way.
As VP Marketing & Technology with EngComp, Nick Wright is responsible for the overall business development, marketing and technology strategies within the company. He is the lead negotiator on all contracts and provides a lead role for the development of all project proposals. He has also been responsible for the implementation and management of all detailed engineering services within ENGCOMP including structural, mechanical, process, electrical and instrumentation. He is an experienced Project Manager, handling projects ranging from $10K to $50M in capital costs.
With over 15 years of industry experience, Nick has gained a comprehensive understanding of structural design and drafting, 3D parametric modeling and the creation of engineering, fabrication and manufacturing drawings. He is proficient in the customization of AutoCAD, custom programming and has expertise in information technology services. He has also led structural steel audit projects performing on-site visual assessments, calculations and report writing for multiple heavy industrial facilities.
SYNOPSIS: What is the future of workplace reconciliation? How can business position itself to attract Indigenous talent and engage in partnerships with Indigenous business in an authentic way?
Aubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias (she/her) is a nêhiyâskwew from Canoe Lake Cree First Nation on Treaty 10 Territory with paternal roots to Little Pine First Nation on Treaty 6 Territory. Aubrey is currently in her final year at the University of Saskatchewan pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, a Global Business Stream Certificate, and an Indigenous Governance and Politics Certificate. She is the Co-Founder and Logistics Headwoman of the Indigenous Business Students’ Society, and the VP Academics of Edwards JDC West. Outside of her campus, Aubrey is in her second term as the National Student Director for the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers, a National Ambassador of Hope with the We Matter Campaign, and has multiple years of experience working for Indigenous non-profits such as Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority and Indigenous Clean Energy. Lastly, as an advocate for Indigenous youth and her passion for a just transition, she is proud to be part of the first cohort of Generation Power, a holistic, capacity-based program that acknowledges the skills, talent and qualifications of youth in clean energy.
|Knowledge Keeper Margaret Reynolds is a a Dene woman from English River First Nation and a Residential School Survivor who will share why Economic Reconciliation is important to her. You can watch this video, where Margaret shares the history of the Dene people.|
Moderator Lyndon J. Linklater is a traditional knowledge keeper and storyteller, with an educational background in Indigenous Social Work, Indigenous Studies and some law. He is a citizen of the Thunderchild First Nation (Plains Cree) in Treaty 6 and has roots in Couchiching First Nation (Fort Francis, Ontario) in Treaty 3. As a knowledge keeper, he is called upon by the community to assist in ceremony, protocols and advice.
Presently, Lyndon works at the Remai Modern Art Museum in Saskatoon as their Indigenous Engagement Coordinator providing advice to their board and staff and delivering cultural programming. He is also a member of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner’s Speakers Bureau. Since his appointment in 2000, Lyndon has delivered countless talks and stories that share First Nations teachings and knowledge of ceremonies many times utilizing humour to deliver a poignant message.
After the presentations, there will be small conversations in breakout rooms on the topics of Recruitment, Procurement, Partnership & Community Investment and Workplace Reconciliation. Engage in meaningful conversations that will help you move forward. Ask questions and hear from others facing similar opportunities and challenges.
Registration includes reflective exercises, tools and resources.
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Last Wednesday of Every Month at 11 am
Join us on the last Wed of each month at 11 am to talk about truth and reconciliation and how to move forward. Bring your questions, stories, experiences, and challenges to share, or just sit and listen. The conversations are facilitated by Indigenous educator Annie Battiste and joined by local Knowledge Keepers.
“I have been attending the Let’s Talk: Reconciliation calls over the past few months and they have been extremely beneficial in starting my own reconciliation journey. I appreciate the open space that is created to come, ask questions, and learn. The informality of these calls allows for the group to ask questions that they are curious about, which often are common among the group members. I believe that you simply don’t know what you don’t know, and this group has enabled me to merely scratch the surface of my understanding of Indigenous history, culture, and the path forward to reconciliation. I look forward to attending Let’s Talk: Reconciliation in the future and will certainly be bringing colleagues with me.”
~ Shallyn Nowakowski
Hear stories about the origin of the Walk for Reconciliation, listen to communities walking for reconciliation, watch cultural performances, and more! Special thanks to the SK Intercultural Association for their role in organizing the online event.
Follow this link to Know Your Roots, an online and pdf map of reconciliation projects around Saskatoon. This project was initiated by the Rock Your Roots Organizing Committee and is a collaboration between Reconciliation Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Public Library. This map will evolve and grow over the following year as we continue to work with the Saskatoon Survivors Circle and community to add locations and establish more partnerships to share the learning and awareness that these places can foster.
Our Be A ConnectR YouTube channel features Residential School Survivors telling us about why the Walk for Reconciliation is important to them, as well as sharing stories. Listen, learn, show up and share these important truths.
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