Keynote Speaker

Omeasoo-WahpasiwDr. Omeasoo Wāhpāsiw is a nehiyaw iskwew living in Anishinabe territory. Her PhD dissertation is titled Tla’amin Housing, Architecture and Home Territories in the 20th Century: Invisible spaces Shaping Historical Indigenous Education. It explores the ways in which Indigenous people have maintained their cultural and spatial heritage even while forced to inhabit architecture that follows colonial paradigms. Omeasoo co-wrote the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Women’s Commission submission to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People. For the past several years, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island, where she led a suite of courses on Indigenous culture and values, and the emerging legacy of the residential schools. Omeasoo is cross-appointed with Carleton’s School of Indigenous & Canadian Studies and the Department of History.

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Hand on fiddle frets, image from Twilight Dancers CBC filmKevin McKay is a virtuoso fiddler and an incredible jigger, so he could get people dancing! He started Pride in Thompson, and Cross Lake First Nation. Kevin is interviewed and his fiddling is highlighted in the CBC Docs film, "Twilight Dancers," from 2016.