VIDEA's Youth Conference 2021

This Youth Conference is going to be AMAZING!!! We are inviting Indigenous youth from all across Turtle Island (Canada), Zambia, Uganda and Ghana to join us to celebrate, share and dream big!!

There will be so many amazing people joining us – including NOTORIOUS CREE!! Stay tuned for more announcements about all of the exciting presenters we have lined up!!

We will be exploring leadership, storytelling, activism, social media and its impacts, and SO much more!!

Join us November 17th and 18th – it’s FREE!!

For questions or more information, you can reach out to: khaworth@videa.ca

Presenter Bios

Notorious Cree

Notorious Cree is a men’s fancy Powwow dancer and among the top 3 world hoop dancers who also plays the flute and hand drum. Notorious Cree blends traditional, modern and contemporary arts mixed with comedy to showcase a high energy performance.

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Marlayna Pincott

Marlayna Pincott is a highly experienced Artist currently working in Vancouver BC. With close to 20 years of experience she has successfully established herself as a well known creative in the Fashion and Film Industry. While she primarily works with celebrities as a Makeup Artist and Content Creator she has also obtained many other positions over the years working as an Actor, Hairstylist, Art Director, Instructor and Mentor. Throughout her career she has continued to grow an impressive list of clients with companies such as Rolex, Adidas, Warner Bros, Gucci and Netflix to name a few. Her passion lies in mentoring and sharing her knowledge, skills and experience with others interested in pursuing creative careers. Not limited to just the artistry skills aspect but also encouraging others to have a heavy focus on self love, awareness and trusting their intuition.

Toosick

Toosick is an Indigenous recording artist emerging from Calgary AB. He grabs his audience’s attention with inspiring lyrics and catchy melodies as he tells real life stories of growing up as a young Indigenous male in the projects of inner city Edmonton AB. Toosick has collaborated with some of western Canada’s top artists such as Cloude, MaykOne, Ak-Slim, Black$tar , Roney, R1CO and more. Toosick has recently developed a new sound by pulling inspiration from his real life scenarios as well as influence from other prestigious artists that inspire his vision. In his adult years he has made a real effort to reconnect with his aboriginal roots and works to draw attention to traditions, local communities and causes that he is passionate about such as the MMIW movement. Toosick has had the privilege of opening for artists such as Rich Homie Quan, Bhad Bhabie, 88GLAM , Houdini, Merkules , Yung Tory, Lil Windex and more since he began performing live in 2018 and has truly become an artist to watch in the Calgary and Canadian music scene.Toosick works full time as an audio engineer has credits recording and mixing for such artists as Sick Ppl, Murda Beatz, Roney, Cloude, and more. Music is truly his passion, he incorporates it into every facet of his life by producing his own music projects as well as working full time to help other local artists develop, promote and record their own sound as well as participating in local events to push the local music scene to the next level.

Tenille K Campbell

Tenille K Campbell is a Dene/Métis author from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is enrolled in her PhD program at University of Saskatchewan. Her newest poetry collection, Nedí Nezu (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2021) is an exploration of the beautiful space that being a sensual Indigenous woman creates in life, in relationships, in the land. Her inaugural poetry book, #IndianLovePoems (Signature Editions, 2017) is an award-winning collection of poetry that focuses on Indigenous Erotica – using humour and storytelling to reclaim and explore ideas of Indigenous sexuality. She is also the artist behind sweetmoon photography and the co-creator of the blog, tea&bannock.

Lumba Siyanga

Lumba Siyanga is the Executive Director of Women For Change, a gender-focused non-government organization in Zambia that works to build the capacities of rural women to climb out of poverty. Lumba is committed to the development and education of women and girls. She has a passion for promoting gender participation and inclusion in everything she does. Lumba will be presenting on sexual and reproductive rights

Margaret Tuhumwire

As the Executive Director of EWAD, a National Non-Governmental Organisation, Margaret Tuhumwire has a leading position in Organisational Development, providing overall management, guidance and supervision. Margaret is passionate about programs and projects leading to greater community development and transformation, driven by interest and professionalism. She is responsible for resource mobilization, initiating and developing project proposals for funding, as well as coordination and collaboration with local and international organizations, and stakeholders. Interpersonal skills that have enabled me to bridge relationships between EWAD and many organisations like UNICEF, USAID, UNDP/SGP, Comic Relief, Videa of Vancouver, Canada, Grandmothers of Vineland, Ontario, Canada, Fairtrade Foundation, Fairtrade Africa, Hivos/Stop Child Labour, National and International Rotary Clubs, to mention but a few.

I am proud to have Strong leadership; Advocacy and Lobbying; Resource mobilisation and fundraising; effective team building; good interpersonal skills, intercultural competence; and making friends, especially for children.

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B'Flow

Brian Mumba Kasoka Bwembya known professionally as B Flow (B'Flow or B-Flow), is a Zambian dancehall and hip hop artist, media personality, humanitarian, philanthropist, social justice advocate, and founder of Music For Change. He served as Chairperson of the HIV/AIDS and Social Commentary (HASC) committee of the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) from 2014 to 2017, before being elected to the position of Publicity Secretary in 2018. He is the global ambassador in the fight against HIV/AIDS for American organization AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and also the first Zambian artist in the world to launch an album at a US Embassy. The event was sponsored by the United States government through the embassy. The stage name B Flow was inspired by people who loved his 'flow'. B Flow also took a new direction with his music, changing his genre to what is now known as “KaliDanceHall” (A mix of traditional Zambian Kalindula music and Dance Hall). In November 2016, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) named B Flow as one of the 16 voices of activism against gender-based violence around the world.

Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais

Come out on top. "How to empower yourself and others with education, hard work and career goals while facing race, age, gender discrimination, lateral violence and other life challenges.

Amanda Lillian Kennedy

Amanda Lillian Kennedy, Kuwahs^nahawi (Goo wah saw na ha wee), is a Haudenosaunee woman, from Oneida First Nation of the Thames, and Bear Clan. Amanda is the Granddaughter of Indian Residential School Survivors and a colonized, marginalized, traumatized Indigenous youth of yesterday, who grew up in the city of London, ON, and Toronto, ON, Canada. At the age of 9 Amanda became an advocate and Program/Community Developer for her Indigenous marginalized community, Manor Park. Today at the age of 40 Amanda is an Indigenous Woman Innovator, Community Activist, and Economic Developer. Amanda is also an Advocate, Business Coach and Mentor for Indigenous Youth and Women. Amanda wears many hats being a serial entrepreneur, she is an innovative Anti-Racist Educator, Consultant, Strategic Community Planner, Program Developer, and Facilitator/Trainer and the Founder of 3 Social Enterprises.

Marsha Depotier

Marsha Depotier is Nishnawabee Kwe from Eagle Village First Nation. She is a mother of two son’s and has a large extended family. She lives and works in Beautiful Bancroft, which is unseeded Algonquin Territory, this is the place she calls home.

Her Educational background includes her Masters of Social Work with Wilfrid Laurier, Bachelors of Social Work with -Indigenous perspective from Ryerson and First National Technical Institute. She also holds a Social Service Worker diploma with honours from Loyalist College, Facilitator of Adult Learning also from Loyalist, Native Education Community and Social Development from Georgian College. Marsha was the driving force of the Victim Services and Ending Violence Against Indigenous women and girl’s programs at Metis Nation of Ontario for 8yrs. Where she worked to combine indigenous knowledge into developing provincial strategies, staff training, program development to address and deter violence.

Currently she is the Social Worker for Hastings and Prince Edward School board at North Hastings high school.

She uses indigenous ways of being to create safe spaces for workers to practice in a culturally appropriate way for themselves and their client base.

Marsha has been an educator with Union of Ontario Indians Anishinanbek Educational Institute and taught the Indigenous Knowledge Social Service Worker Program, she is committed in sharing Indigenous knowledge and wholisitic way of being to assist at healing the individual, family, community and Nations. Marsha uses her cultural knowledge to equip helpers with modalities that will provide a wholistic experience for the client. Marsha has traveled all over Ontario providing, workshops, training opportunities, keynote addresses, facilitation of healing circles, and provides ceremonies to support awareness of Ending Violence.

Marsha is considered “the one who carries the teachings to her entire extended family”. She has been able to use her own trauma and turn it into healing, not only for herself, but for all she comes in contact with. Marsha is a Storyteller and provides insight and healing through her stories and connects them directly to her own experience of violence and trauma within her own family. Survival happens through healing. Chi Miigwetch

Chantal Chagnon

Chantal is a Cree Métis Singer, Drummer, Artist, Storyteller, Actor, Educator, Workshop Facilitator, Social Justice Advocate and Activist with roots in Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. She shares Traditional Indigenous Songs, Stories, Culture, History, Arts, Crafts and Teachings. Chantal has presented at Conferences, Conventions, Galas, Fundraisers, Community, Social Justice Events and in Classrooms from Preschool through University. She has performed at the National Music Centre, Saddle Dome, Jubilee Auditorium, Jack Singer Concert Hall, and many other stages showcasing Traditional and Contemporary Indigenous Music, as well as Modern Music in Collaboration with various Bands and Artists. Chantal aims to entertain, engage, enlighten, educate, and inspire everyone she meets.

A single mother of two boys and twin girls, she understands societal struggle first hand. Chantal has been an activist, advocate for her community, professional performer and a staunch crusader for causes close to her heart. She is active within many social justice causes, including Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW), Women’s Rights, and Environmental Initiatives. She regularly organizes events and shares, singing, drumming, speaking, presenting, and teaching within the community, with a focus on building allies and alliances. Chantal Chagnon is passionate about building awareness and sharing understanding of Indigenous culture, spirituality, social justice and political issues. She creates opportunities for cooperation, education, and empowerment everywhere she can.

Chantal recognizes sharing culture and building community is an integral part of building bridges of understanding and acceptance. Chantal is a compassionate woman, who believes that a healthier, fairer, more sustainable Canada is possible as we make decisions for future generations to come.

Reiner Nokohoo

Creativity Thinkers: Represent your community creatively and learn through art! Reiner will guide folks through a collaging project, which you are encouraged to do! But allllll forms of art are encouraged (drawing, painting, creative writing, anything!). Come prepared with whatever makes you feel comfortable– pens, pencils, markers, paper, photos - and learn tips and tricks.

Sekwanahcahk (Shelby) Anderson

Combatting Small Town Racism: Shelby goes through the timeline of their anti-racism journey against the Town Council. Hear how it went viral and how she stayed true to her roots in the pursuit of justice.

Skw'akw'as (Sunshine) Dunstan, Terrance Scott, Kassidy George

Protecting our mental health - while watching climate change on our phones

Global Storytelling

Madeline Terbasket (they/them)

Madeline Terbasket (they/them) is a two-spirit performing artist. They do traditional storytelling, filmmaking, burlesque and drag. Madeline is Syilx, Ho-chunk and Anishinaabe. They grew up in the beautiful Similkameen Valley and they now reside in Penticton. Madeline Terbasket is reimagining traditional stories with their physical comedy, queerness and vulnerability.

Kim Haxton

IndigenEYEZ co-founder Kim Haxton is Potowatomi from the Wasauksing First Nation in northern Ontario. With degrees in geography and outdoor recreation, Kim has two decades of experience doing wilderness therapy and leadership development with Indigenous youth. After 20 years studying with indigenous healers from Nepal, Thailand, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Belize, Haiti, and North America, Kim has become deeply involved in the healing of community and individual.

Elder's Panel

Shirley Alphonse

Chris Singelengele

Chris Singelengele is VIDEA’s Indigenous Internship Coordinator and is instrumental in supporting the journey of each and every intern who passes through VIDEA. Chris is passionate about climate change and is a strong advocate for the equality of women and girls. Chris joined VIDEA after many years working as a gender rights activist with Women for Change, focused on supporting gender equality in rural development projects. Chris is a former teacher, head teacher, and youth empowerment professional. Chris is a strong advocate for the rights of vulnerable and under-represented youth.

Margaret Tuhumwire

As the Executive Director of EWAD, a National Non-Governmental Organisation, Margaret Tuhumwire has a leading position in Organisational Development, providing overall management, guidance and supervision. Margaret is passionate about programs and projects leading to greater community development and transformation, driven by interest and professionalism. She is responsible for resource mobilization, initiating and developing project proposals for funding, as well as coordination and collaboration with local and international organizations, and stakeholders. Interpersonal skills that have enabled me to bridge relationships between EWAD and many organisations like UNICEF, USAID, UNDP/SGP, Comic Relief, Videa of Vancouver, Canada, Grandmothers of Vineland, Ontario, Canada, Fairtrade Foundation, Fairtrade Africa, Hivos/Stop Child Labour, National and International Rotary Clubs, to mention but a few.

I am proud to have Strong leadership; Advocacy and Lobbying; Resource mobilisation and fundraising; effective team building; good interpersonal skills, intercultural competence; and making friends, especially for children.

EWAD Website

Vernon Williams

Sgaalanglaay Gaamdamaay/ kaagiiyangtaan haanuu dii kiiga ga My English name is Vernon Williams Jr. from Massett BC, Canada. He is Haida from the Raven Grizzly bears of Yakin point. Kuunlaanas Jaanaas A well known traditional singer/songwriter creates, shares and sings traditional songs from the land and the ancestors as well as gathering and using traditional local medicines. Vern has love for his culture and is very generous in teaching the younger generations the ways of the Haida. \