2017 Vibrant Communities Speaker Series

Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership: Free to Be Cree – June 27

Urban-Systems-GroupImage-PostJoin us for an evening of dialogue focused on historical Canadian policies that continue to live on in the lives of Indigenous peoples, and a narrative of the importance of Indigenous language, knowledge, traditions, ceremonies, and land. The speakers for the evening are members of or work with the Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership (YIWCL), and will offer an understanding of why Indigenous young women need to be “Free to be Cree”.

Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership (YIWCL) is a Cree Immersion program that provides access to Cree language, Indigenous knowledge, traditions, ceremony, for young Indigenous women, ages 10 -16. Cree teachers are both language and traditional knowledge holders, who provide the young women with Indigenous knowledge about identity, leadership, and the value of young Indigenous women.

The program has set out to redress the wrongs of Canada’s educational policies that have had devastating impacts and have placed many barriers in the way of Indigenous people achieving to their fullest capacity. Their goal is to provide alternative visions for these young women, to be strong proud Indigenous women.

When: Tuesday June 27, doors at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Yellowhead Brewery – 10229 105 Street Northwest, Edmonton

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Doors at 6:00 PM presentation begins at 6:30 PM. Cash bar available with appetizers and discussion afterwards

Our Guest Speakers

Urban-Systems-Susan-Sinclair-PostSusan Sinclair – Cree teacher, YIWCL
Mrs. Sinclair is originally from Green Lake, Saskatchewan. She is a band member with the Canoe Lake First Nations in Saskatchewan. She is a language keeper, traditional knowledge keeper and facilitator who provides workshops with various organizations.  At present, Susan is working with the Edmonton Public School Board as a consultant and teacher. Susan has worked in the field of education and counselling . She has worked extensively with First Nations, Metis and Inner City schools for more than 21 years. She has taught all grade levels, and worked as a coordinator and consultant in the area of cultural infusion.

Rochelle Starr-PostRochelle Starr- Director, YIWCL
Rochelle Starr is from Little Pine First Nation, SK, and is a PhD candidate in Indigenous Peoples Education, at the University of Alberta, a mother of three, and director of Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership.

Dr. Heather Blair
Dr. Blair is a Professor in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Alberta. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Alberta in language and literacy theory, Indigenous languages revitalization, pedagogy, and research. Heather is a co-founder of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI) and works with the leadership team for the Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership (YIWCL).

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