Indigenous peoples are spread across 70 countries worldwide.
Together Indigenous peoples are the largest minority group in the world.
The International Indigenous Speakers Bureau-IISB is about creating opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to connect, and build bridges, by providing access to a wealth of Indigenous Speakers around the world.
IISB is about opening doors for talented, experienced or emerging Indigenous Speakers, and Knowledge-keepers, by helping them share their unique perspectives, solutions, and world views around the globe. At the same time, IISB works to empower the Speakers experience and ensure their talents are honoured appropriately.
At the International Indigenous Speakers Bureau, we believe that building bridges is possible, and that through education and understanding we will create prosperous pathways for all our future generations.
IISB turns to the United Nations for insight into the term “Indigenous”. The UN states that although the term is generic, in various countries there are many ways to describe the “indigenous” people of that place, including tribes, first peoples/nations, aboriginals, ethnic groups, adivasi, janajati.
Acknowledge. Connect. Unite.
To help Indigenous speakers and knowledge-keepers share their gifts on a global stage, give audiences an opportunity to access the wealth of indigenous knowledge and perspectives, and bring together a world of unlimited possibilities.
- Represent Indigenous speakers by negotiating fair value agreements;
- Create a strong presence of Indigenous speakers on-line;
- Build bridges between cultures;
- Improve the financial sustainability of Indigenous speakers;
- Help emerging speakers find their voice;
- Relationship building
- Positive and inspiring messages
- Honour, Respect, and trustworthiness
Our objectives are quite simple:
- Create a safe and respectful platform for indigenous and non-indigenous people to come together and learn from one another;
- Promote Indigenous speakers on a world stage;
- Empower our Indigenous people to value their gifts and talents;
- Assist the development of emerging speakers;
- Ensure Indigenous speakers are seen, heard and valued around the globe.
We come from the world of story-tellers and we understand the power of the spoken word. Stories can heal, inspire and transform lives.
Self-proclaimed ‘Indigeneer’, Deanna Burgart dedicates her career to combining Engineering principles and commitments with an Indigenous respect for Mother Earth, to find solutions to today's challenges. She focuses on the power of integrating Indigenous worldviews, to assist both industry wants and the public needs. Deanna is a highly sought after expert in uniting diverse communities, through understanding each other and identifying common goals.
There is only one First Nations Chief Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and Joel Pedersen is it. As most senior non-commissioned officer appointed by the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, Joel Pedersen is the embodiment of what it takes to reach the top and never give up. Decorated soldier, Police Sergeant and Fitness Guru. Joel inspires audiences to do more than what is expected, to appreciate your strengths and limitations and to develop their leadership potential.
What if together Industry and Indigenous communities could create a safer, natural, and more effective means to reclamate land?
Joseph Wabegijig has experience doing just that! As Vice-President of the Aboriginal Environmental Leadership Circle (AELC) and the Indigenous Projects Advisor for Hatch, one of the world’s largest Engineering firms, Joseph shares with you his expertise from working on major projects all over the world. Joseph’s knowledge and experience of solving complex environmental and engineering problems, is matched by his passion and ability to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal people, government, and industry.
Julie Ann Wriston was one of the youngest, female, aboriginal CEOs of a multimillion dollar corporation in the mining sector in Saskatchewan. Her expertise and perspective on corporate development, strategic planning, and community engagement are second to none. Whether for-profit or non, Julie Ann provides the leadership and knowledge to expand your impact and sustainability. Her inspirational story and corporate success will capture your heart and inspire audiences to excel.