OUR 2019 THEME

The number five has significant meaning in the lives of thousands of Indigenous people across Canada. It was at this age that many children were removed from their families and sent to live in Indian residential schools, as a way to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture.

Now in its fifth year, the Wîcihitowin Indigenous Engagement Conference is commemorating these children and is demonstrating respect to the survivors of Indian residential schools and the Sixties Scoop, by recognizing that they were, and continue to be, seeds for change.

Nationally respected, the late Elder Walter Linklater shared many universal teachings that continue to help guide people on a path to reconciliation. To honour him, his teaching of ‘being a good person and trying to live a good life’ inspires the theme of this year’s conference.

OUR COMMITTEE

A huge thank you to our Organizing Committee Members – they’re the ones responsible for ensuring this conference is a success!

Elder Gilbert Kewistep

Eugene Arcand
Advisor

Lorna Arcand
Advisor

Tracey Bert
Community Engagement Manager,
Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan

Brad Bird
Director, Community Impact & Strategic Partnerships,
United Way Saskatoon & Area

Gilles Dorval
Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Public Policy & Government Relations,
City of Saskatoon

Tanya Dunn-Pierce
Director, Population and Public Health,
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Neal Kewistep
Executive-in-Residence,
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Brooke Laliberte
Intern, Indigenous Initiatives Division,
City of Saskatoon

Roy Lavallee
Social Development Consultant,
City of Saskatoon

Erica Schindel
Communications & Marketing Specialist,
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Tanya Watkins
Communications Consultant,
City of Saskatoon

Heather Drozd
Health Promotion Department,
Saskatchewan Health Authority