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 hold 20% of the earth's landmass but that land harbours 80% of the world's remaining biodiversity.
Ted/RED Talks and WE Day Champions
Deanna BurgartDiversity + Education + Mentorship
AISES-Blazing Flame Award winner, Deanna Burgart is a highly sought after expert in uniting diverse communities, through understanding each other and identifying common goals. A Self-Proclaimed ‘Indigeneer’, Deanna dedicates her career to combining Engineering principles and commitments with an Indigenous respect for Mother Earth, to find solutions to today's challenges. Burgart focuses on the power of integrating Indigenous worldviews, to assist both industry wants and the public needs.
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.
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.
'Savvy' Savannah SimonMotivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary
Named one of Canadian Livings Top 40 Female Change Makers, Savvy Simon is a global Positivity Powerhouse. Creator of the #SpeakMikmaq Revolution, and Youth Leader from Mi`kmaq tribe of Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Savvy`s positive approach to culture, language and life in general has generated a following in the tens of thousands.
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.
Named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s "Future 40", Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is Canada's first self-identified First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy. As President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and member of numerous other boards Swidrovich brings his successful multiversity experience of bridging organizational needs with Health Care mandates. Passionate about health, education, and how Indigenous and marginalized people are impacted at local, provincial, national, and international levels, Dr. Swidrovich delivers powerful presentations illustrating how we can all be part of the cure and partake in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action.
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.
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.