The goal of this on-demand webinar is to get people to start thinking about how people can make policy/decisions in workplaces or organizations that can be alienating or ineffective in terms of addressing Indigenous needs.
Cassandra J. Opikokew Wajuntah led this webinar. She is from Canoe Lake Cree First Nation and was raised in Meadow Lake in northern Saskatchewan. She has a Certificate in Indian Communication Arts and a BA in Journalism (’09) from the U of Regina where she received the James M. Minifie Award for being the most distinguished graduate in her class. In 2012, she completed her Master’s of Public Administration where she focused on Aboriginal PSE and analyzed the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP). She is now a 3rd year PhD candidate and was recently awarded a CIHR Award worth $108,000 to fund her doctoral research entitled The Indian Solution to the Policy Problem: Developing an Indigenous Policymaking Model to Address First Nations Health and Education Disparities. In addition to her studies, Cassandra has served as a board member with a number of organizations including YWCAs Canada and Regina, Planned Parenthood, Co-Chair of the FSIN Youth Council, Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Caucus (CFS), and founder/President of the U of R Indigenous Students’ Association. She is also the Associate Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) in Regina, SK.
This on-demand webinar shared some promising approaches to creating activities with girls that are fun, accessible, and meaningful. The team from Girls Action Foundation shared examples from the Girls Action Foundation programs. This webinar welcomed teachers and school staff, parents, people involved with health service and promotion, and those who work to promote the well-being of youth or women to join in the conversation!
This on-demand webinar was led by Kit Malo. Malo is a learning consultant and community facilitator who works at the Centre for Community Organizations (COCo). Through her work with groups, she encourages culture change for the purpose of sustainable practices and communities. In the on-demand webinar, Look Again: Group Dynamics Through a Feminist Lens, she guided participants through an exploration of the fusion between organizational development and gender empowerment.
This on-demand webinar was led by Carolina Rios. Rios was born in Peru and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She self-identifies as Latina with Indigenous Quechua roots. She is a passionate activist committed to anti-racism work, Indigenous knowledge, and women’s rights. Her passion for social activism stems from her experiences of discrimination and the socioeconomic challenges that her and her parents experienced in Canada. She has been involved at MUJER for many years as a volunteer, coordinator, and she now serves on the Board of Directors. Her community work has been focused on violence prevention, anti-racism, and Latinx feminisms. She has an Honours B.A in International Development and Latin American and the Caribbean Studies from York University. Currently, she is a graduate student at OISE, in the department of Social Justice Education. Her research interests are Latinx feminism, anti-racism, anti-oppression, Indigenous methodologies, and critical pedagogy. On her spare time she enjoys exercising. She has competed in muay thai kickboxing nationally and internationally, participated in a half marathon, and enjoys spinning and crossfit.