Of more than 130 clinically useful major prescriptive drugs that are derived from plants over 70% came to the attention of pharmaceutical companies because of Indigenous peoples use in traditional forms of medicine.
Indigenous peoples represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories.
Andrea MenardActor + Singer + Writer + Messenger
A Canadian Aboriginal Icon, Andrea Menard has performed for Royalty, Prime Ministers, Premiers, Ambassadors, Governor Generals, and even sang her song Peace to NATO’s Generals. From five-time Gemini-nominated actor to multiple award-winning singer/songwriter, Andrea’s electrifying, spiritual and heartfelt performances surpass the boundaries of culture and language and capture audiences of all ages and nations.
Clifford Nae'oleTourism + Hospitality + Cultural Advisor
Clifford Nae’ole has been a key force of energy and wisdom for the revival of the Hawaiian culture for more than thirty years. He has worked alongside Deepak Chopra, Tony Robin, participated in the Indigenous Advisory Committee to President Barak Obama, and spent quality time with his Holiness the Dalai Lama. His extraordinary ability to convey the sacredness of the Hawaiian culture, his determination to educate and to mentor has carved him a place of respect in the hospitality industry where he has won numerous accolades and recognitions including the Meeting Professional International (MPI) award.
Colette BourgonjeTriumph + Perseverance + Inspiration
Colette Bourgonje’s story compels us to persevere. Her “Attitude is Everything” approach is why she was ranked one of the world’s foremost Paralympian’s. Nine time medalist in both summer and winter games, inductee into the Canadian Disability and Saskatoon Hall of Fame and winner of both Saskatoon and Saskatchewan’s Female Athlete of the Year, Colette’s career exemplifies that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
Dallas SooniasAthlete + Inspirational Keynote
Role Model, International Volleyball Star and Proud Aboriginal Canadian, Dallas Soonias means it when he says ‘Never Stop Reaching for New Heights’. Never taking life too seriously yet Dallas puts everything he has into what he does. This is all part of what Dallas passes on when helping youth realize their unlimited potential. Dallas’s fearless comic approach to life and sport keeps his audience on their toes and smiling.
Eddy RobinsonEducator + Dancer + Drummer
Featured in CBC’s Moccassins & Concrete documentary and having performed with the likes of Serena Ryder, Andrea Menard, Plex and many others, Eddy Robinson’s perspective and drum beats are highly sought after.
Eddy Robinson is a caring and motivated educator, speaker, and life changer. He speaks to the need for understanding the benefits of knowing your culture. Eddy will enlighten and entertain with passionate, personal narratives, along with a depth of insight into indigenous culture and knowledge.
Ernie LouttitHonesty + Integrity + Leadership
Award winning Author of "Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Leadership and Policing" and "More Indian Ernie: Insights from the Streets", Louttit gives an honest and insightful look into his world. Ernie blows the lid off of taboo topics around policing, racism, and violence. Sharing his stories, some dark, and some humourous, with the goal of inspiring leadership in each and every one of us.
Jack SaddlebackGender Equality + Education + Identity
Riveting, captivating, real, insightful, grounded, illuminated are just a few words to describe Jack Saddlebacks presentation of his life as a Cree Two-Spirited Champion. Jack’s life story embodies how one man’s spirit can help transform a community as well as individuals. We all need his message of self awareness, identity and embracing our authentic self. Jack Saddleback is a true gift to our society; he tears down the barriers that divide us all.
JP GladuBusiness + Partnerships + Education
President & CEO of the Canada Council of Aboriginal Business, JP Gladu is sought after around the world, to provide real leadership that inspires partnerships between Industry and Indigenous people. Bringing his experience mentoring and enhancing relationships with all stakeholders, Gladu reveals how to motivate conversations and create opportunities that spark real change in the business landscape. Bridging the gap between educational institutions, business, government, and indigenous communities, JP Gladu translates ideas into mutually beneficial prosperity and development.
Julie BullPassionate + Visionary + Change-Maker
Julie Bull’s presentations educate and inspire her audience with the message of reconciliation, health, leadership, and empowerment. Her wealth of expertise in the fields of Indigenous research, education, ethics, and indigenization, are part of the reason she is a highly sought-after speaker in Canada and around the world. Recipient of Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award, Julie Bull is an Award-Winning Indigenous Scholar with over 15 years’ experience in community-based research, involving Indigenous people.
Kainoa HorcajoMessenger + Cultural Advisor + Visionary
Meeting Kainoa Horcajo is like standing next to the spirit of King Kamehameha. Just as his King united the Hawaiian Islands, Kainoa uses his cultural understanding to help bridge the gap between cultures. Renowned Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Emmy winning Television personality, TedxMaui Host and next generation Maui Maverick Leader, Kianoa Horcajo is championing Hawaiian perspectives to the world. Weaving cultural values into personal development, motivational messages, and productivity training, Kainoa invites his audience to embrace their personal gifts through a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian teachings.
Keolu FoxGeneticist + Researcher + Surfer
Featured on the BBC, CBC, NPR, The Atlantic, Forbes, Wired and more, TED Fellow, Dr. Keolu Fox has garnered international attention, for his breakthrough idea that 'Genetics needs to be more Native'. With over 95% of genetic research and trials being conducting on only people of European descent, we are missing out. Our genetic ancestry plays a huge role in what diseases we get and what ones we don’t. Dr. Fox proves that genetic studies should include all demographics.
Lori CampbellEducation + Two Spirit + Identity
After a 25 year search for her biological mother, Lori Campbell was faced with a new challenge, finding the six unknown siblings she discovered in her quest. Covered extensively by national media, Lori’s story echoes the journey of thousands Indigenous adults who were taken shortly after birth, in Canada's '60’s Scoop Era.' Lori’s incredible journey of self-discovery inspires her listeners while stimulating compassion and strengthening reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Madelaine McCallumResilience + Healing + Growth
Gracing the stage with her graceful, gentle and 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 compelling way to share her culture.
Madelaine’s life story is all about discovering “the Fire Within.”
Michael EtheringtonKindness + Humour + Insight
Sought after at the local, regional, provincial and national levels, Michael Etherington has captivated audiences such as the United Nations, Canadian Government, Pan Am Games, and many other large corporate and educational venues.
Rooted in the Indigenous perspective, Michael focuses on relationship building, promoting awareness and cultivating sensitivity with the “Truth and Reconciliation” recommendations as his platform.
Michael LinklaterHealthy Lifestyles + Youth Empowerment + Motivation
Ranked the #1 Basketball Player in North, South and Central America and #7 Player in the world for 3 on 3 in the International Basketball Federation, Michael Linklater has taken basketball to new heights. But these achievements were not easy. Michael came from humble beginnings and had to rise above the many easy solutions and temptations, and really get to know the ‘Power of the Mind’. Today Michael shares his inspiration with audiences of all ages helping them go beyond.
Michelle ThrushCaring + Creative + Inspiring
Gemini Award winning Actress, and multi-award nominee, including Best Lead Actress and Best Actress in a TV series, powerhouse celebrity Michelle Thrush knows what it takes to light up a stage. Wit, humour, passion, and creativity are just a few of Michelle’s attributes, outside of celebrity, that draw her to stages world-wide. Whether she is speaking from her heart, hosting galas, or breaking down the barriers of stereotypes, Michelle engages, captivates, and moves audiences to feel and see her unique vision of life.
Ngahihi BidoisBusiness Leadership + Environment + Inspiration
Multi-award winning International Leadership Speaker and Author, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois is known as "The Face of New Zealand" inspires with the timeless wisdom from the Maori culture. This Modern day warrior’s presentation on "Ancient Wisdom Modern Solutions" is why he is the recipient of the National Professional Speakers Association, New Zealand Inspirational Speaker of the Year. A Maori leader, Ngahi combines centuries of tradition, along with his hands-on business experience, and academic qualifications to bring a message that transcends cultural boundaries.
'Savvy' Savannah SimonMotivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary
TEDx Speaker & WE DAY Champion, Savvy Simon is a global Positivity Powerhouse. Titled a “Kickass Canadian” and one of Canadian Livings Top 40 Female Change Makers, Savvy is changing the world with her message of ‘Positive Vibes Only.’ With a following of over 45,000, Simon is a rising social media star.
Susan AglukarkSinger + Songwriter + Inspirational Artist
Canadian Icon, three time Juno Award winner, Order of Canada recipient, and multiple Honorary Doctorate degree recipient, Dr. Susan Aglukark is a highly sought after motivational speaker. Susan has preformed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham, and The Countess Of Wessex. Her award winning and chart topping music created out of her passionate appeal to the heart of humanity is why Susan created held a number one song in Canada and a top forty hit in North America.
Wayne D. Garnons-WilliamsLegal + Environment + Storyteller
From the Court room to the theatre, Wayne Garnons-Williams engages his audience to see another perspective. Specializing in Aboriginal and Environmental issues, Wayne is an expert in Corporate, Commercial and Trade Law. With experience from Corporate, government and Indigenous worlds Wayne brings a wealth of insight and depth of knowledge to his audience. Wayne takes complex historical and legal problems and transforms them into future possibilities for all.