Facilitator_Pawatsqwachitl_HaiyupisPawatsqwachitl Haiyupis

Pawatsqwachitl Haiyupis is a member of the Ahousaht First Nation on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Pawa facilitates large and small group conversations. For over 10 years Pawa has worked with Indigenous nations across Canada. Based on the collective wisdom of the youth along with the advice and guidance of Elders, Pawa develops & implements programs that connect youth and communities to language, ceremony, children, healthy families, & a respectful relationship with all of Creation in our territories. She is an Art of Hosting steward, mentor, apprentice and slam poet.

RhondaRhonda Kirkness

Rhonda Kirkness is a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba. Rhonda attained a BA at the University of Manitoba in Native Studies in 2005 and worked as the Executive Assistant for Fisher River Cree Nation assisting Chief & Council. Recently she accomplished three days of training for Volunteer Management Level I, an accredited course with Red River College. She is a Certified Professional Trainer from the Institute of Professional Management, an acknowledged woman leader by her Chief and Council and successfully completed the Aboriginal Women Leaders: Manitoba initiative offered with the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute. Currently, Rhonda is a facilitator with the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute and completing her studies in the Human Resource Management Diploma Program at the University of Winnipeg.

Leona McIntyreLeona McIntyre

Leona McIntyre grew up in a small Métis farming and fishing community of Kinosota and currently lives in Carberry, MB. She has a BA from Brandon University with a Major in Native Studies. She has extensive experience in community development and facilitated many workshops with First Nation, Métis, and non-Aboriginal groups. She’s designed, developed, and facilitated Aboriginal Cultural workshops for Manitoba Hydro, Dauphin Race Relations Committee, Brandon Police Services and Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, just to name a few. She’s worked as the Regional Coordinator Aboriginal Health with the Assiniboine Regional Health Authority; Executive Director with the Council of Indigenous Elders; and Instructor at Assiniboine Community College with the Aboriginal Community Development Program. She’s been a volunteer in her community and has been the Chairperson for the Westman Local of the SW Region Manitoba Métis Federation for over ten years; a national award winning photographer, an artist and craftsperson with much of her artwork and crafts in China, Sweden, Germany Australia, England and Canada, and is a published author in the Anthology: Who Put Custer’s Bloomers on the Pony?

AllenAllen Sutherland

Allen is an Anishinaabek member of Skownan First Nation (Treaty 2 Territory) now residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a member of the Manitoba Aboriginal Community, Allen had the opportunity of working within Aboriginal, Federal and Provincial Governments, including grassroots community work for over 25 years. He provides facilitation and training under his own company of WHITE SPOTTED HORSE, where he is a sought-after resources person on the history and cultures of Indigenous Nations of Canada. Allen is a Registered Professional Trainer (RPT) certified through the Institute of Professional Management. He is presently a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Treaty Relationships Commission of Manitoba and is currently employed as the Treaty Project Officer of Parks Canada; Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site.

PatrickPatrick Wood

Patrick Wood, born in Thompson Manitoba is a member of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation located in Northern Manitoba. Patrick started in a technical career path and later decided to pursue other career goals working with children in his community as a Para-professional in the high school he graduated from. He has and continues to work with the Youth Peacebuilding Project in Winnipeg as a Youth Dialogue Workshop Facilitator exploring the relationships and dynamics existing within and between different identity groups. His passion to help others also allowed him to do internship work with the Hamilton AIDS Network in Hamilton, Ont. and abroad in New Delhi India for 6 months working for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India under the National Institute of Social Defense. Patrick is a strong believer of Volunteerism, he has Volunteered with many organizations including: the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc.’s EIYGL, Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Youth Peacebuilding Project’s Peace Gathering just to name a few. Currently, he’s a Family Enhancement Worker with Nikan Awasisak Agency in Cross Lake, Manitoba.

RonRon Linklater

Ron Linklater has been employed with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba since 1996. As a Prevention Education Consultant, his job entails a wide range of duties from training and skills development for people in the helping field to networking with other addiction service providers in meeting the needs of clients that are impacted by alcohol, drugs and problem gambling. From 1991 to 1996, Ron worked in Ottawa, ON as the NNDAP (National Native Alcohol Drug Program) Regional Consultant; prior to that he worked in Thunder Bay, ON as an alcohol and drug counsellor and later a coordinator for a young adult treatment program. In total, Ron has over thirty years of experience working in the addictions field. Ron’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lakehead University and a Certificate in Native Counselling from Confederation College in Thunder Bay, ON.

Ken WhitecloudKen Whitecloud

Ken Whitecloud, from Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation and former Chief (1996 – 2008) has over 20 years of experience relative to negotiations, political and legal areas which affect First Nations. Ken lobbied First Nations communities in an effort to gain a collaborative approach relevant to directives set out in Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs resolutions, lobbied government officials to advance the political rights in relation to jurisdictions, self-government, treaty and Aboriginal rights, human rights, consultation rights, fiscal relations, taxation and other policy implications. Ken was Political Advisor with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for four years; Director of health Services with Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation Band Councillor, and Director of Culture and Recreation with Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council. Ken attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Business of Enterprises and Self-Governing Systems of First Nations at the University of Lethbridge.

Susan SwanSusan Swan

Susan Swan, from Lake Manitoba First Nation was the first Aboriginal female police officer to be employed with the Winnipeg Police Service graduating from the Police Academy in 1987. At the time of her retirement in 2012, Susan had achieved the rank of Sergeant and was responsible for supervising a platoon in one of the most high-profile districts in the city of Winnipeg. Susan was part of the National Aboriginal Justice Learning Network Committee which was a tool designed to provide advice to the Deputy Minister of Justice. She also participated in Ministerial round table discussions for children at risk and gang strategy. Susan developed and delivered a gang prevention program designed for First Nation Youth throughout their respective communities. As well she delivered an urban street-proofing workshop for First Nation youth relocating to Winnipeg to continue their studies. A much sought after motivational speaker Susan has vast experience in delivering professional presentations. Susan has received the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Volunteerism, Gemini Award for Man-a Live Documentary “The Red Road”, Aboriginal Ganootamaage Justice Service Award Recipient, Manitoba First Nations Award Recipient, Susan is also a published author in the book, “First Lady Nation – Volume II – Stories by Aboriginal Women”.

JimJim Compton

Jim’s long and illustrious career is filled with a myriad of experience in the Public Relations field, Documentaries, Feature Film productions, television series and feature length entertainment specials. His list of productions spans three decades. “All speak to the indomitable spirit of the people… their struggle… their faith in the future!” His documentaries are award winning and the series are, as always, inspirational. With his “Media Training Workshop” he offers his extensive expertise to the world of Media Relations. As an award winning CBC reporter and as a chief Public Relations officer with the Royal Commission On Aboriginal People he brings experience to the fore from both sides of the ledger.

KayaKaya Wheeler

Kaya was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation. Kaya’s family comes from both Sagkeeng First Nation and George Gordon First Nation. In 2012 Kaya graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor’s Degree in Indigenous Studies. Since graduating she has worked within the Indigenous community in Winnipeg, mostly in the area of youth homelessness. Kaya also had the opportunity to travel to places like Namibia, Africa and Scotland, United Kingdom, and is always looking forward to new adventures and experiences. Kaya has spoken at various conference with the work she does in the community, including at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Namibia, Africa.

RoxanneRoxanne Shuttleworth

Roxanne of the Metis Nation, is a professional individual with experience in curriculum writing, facilitation and speaking, management and administration. With a background secondary and post-secondary education, profit and non-profit organizations, committees and boards, she has had many opportunities to work with the public and private sectors, in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community. Roxanne’s experience in visioning, strategic planning, goal setting, and project management with various organizations, and individuals will bring you years of experience and expertise in Leadership Development. Roxanne has extensive experience in planning, writing and developing training and curriculum for groups and organizations. She is a Traditional person, gifted with items sacred to her community and she participates and conducts ceremony on a regular basis.