Shaping the Future
Thursday January 26th, 2017
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Two Moccasins, Two Worlds“You have two moccasins on your feet, walk in both worlds, Grandson. Learn what they learn, always remember where home is though.” A highly personal keynote, Ryan shares his story of failure & triumph and charts his path from a kid that grew up “in the bush” to becoming the first Native comedian to ever a record a full mainstream comedy special with CBC TV. At times, heartbreaking, at times hilarious, Ryan’s honest take on the intergenerational effects of residential school on him and his family, his (re)connection to culture & ceremony and the balance it takes to live in today’s contemporary context is all covered in the this forward looking & challenging keynote presentation.
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). One of the most decorated Native comedians/writers/media makers working today, McMahon’s voice has become vital to both Indigenous & non-Indigenous communities – his comedic storytelling style is fast-paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.
Laval St. Germain
Friday January 27th, 2017
In Laval’s own words… “I can’t help anyone make more money or drive a nicer car,but perhaps I can breathe life into, ignite, or touch just one person in an audience in a way that stimulates energy, emotion or a realization that they are worthy or capable of bigger things. Failing all of this, I want people to go away entertained. I did not need a motivation to do what I do, I was lucky enough to have inspiration in the pages of a book, a magazine and most importantly my own imagination.”
Inspired in his childhood by the likes of Jack London, Farley Mowat, Ernest Hemingway and Antoine de Saint-Exupery. In addition the adventures of Shackleton, Messner, Dr. John Rae, Roald Amundsen, and Richard Burton kept Laval St. Germain dreaming of deserts, stormy southern oceans and high mountain peaks. Terry Fox was perhaps Laval’s most poignant influence, teaching him that simple humanity, human endurance and the ability to tolerate pain are nearly boundless.
Laval was the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest without the aid of oxygen in May 2010, the first person to ski down Iraq’s highest peak and has to date climbed 6 of the 7 Summits (highest peak on all 7 continents), and in the summer of 2016 made the fastest solo ocean row crossing of the North Atlantic ocean from mainland Canada to mainland Europe.
Today Laval lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and children. He is currently employed as an airline pilot with Canadian North Airlines. Laval will not use his endurance, physical fitness or ability to suffer at high altitudes as a way to teach or motivate you to build a better marriage, become a better parent, or be a great educator, but he will make you laugh, give you goosebumps, impress you, entertain you, perhaps make you uncomfortable and inspire you.
Saturday January 28th, 2017
9:40am - 10:40am
Lisa has worked with Fort McMurray Catholic Schools for all of her 28 years of teaching. After spending the first 5 years teaching in elementary, she moved to Junior High and enjoyed all 14 years working with teenagers. The move to administration fell in her lap and she took the leap of faith spending 2 years as a vice-principal in elementary, and 3 years in high school, until she accepted the position of Principal at Father Turcotte School. She spent her 38th year anniversary of living in Fort McMurray on a yellow school bus running from the wildfire known as "The Beast". Lisa attributes her ability to make tough decisions on that day to having built strong relationships with her staff and the school families. She is now Principal at Holy Trinity High School and continues to live in Fort McMurray with her husband and two grown children as they help to rebuild the community.
Session Title: Everyday Decisions in Extraordinary Circumstances
Description: The third of May started like any other school day, but when the town of Fort McMurray was under evacuation order a few short hours later, this principal was faced with decisions that would see her lead a school bus with students and community members through the fire and back. Follow Lisa's story as the daily responsibilities teachers have for the wellbeing of their students, and the school's role in the community, take on extreme importance in extraordinary circumstances.
Saturday January 28th, 2017
Beckie Scott retired in 2006 as Canada’s most decorated and successful cross-country ski racer in the history of the sport. Winning gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, Scott became the first Canadian (and first North American woman) to ever win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing. She followed that up with Olympic silver in 2006, and a record 17 World Cup podium finishes.
On retirement, Beckie was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athlete Commission for an 8-year term. She currently serves as Chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Commission and actively advocates for clean, fair, doping-free sport.
Beckie Scott is currently the Program Director for Ski Fit North Alberta. Ski Fit North Alberta is an outreach program that uses the transformative power of sport and play to engage, empower and inspire Alberta’s Indigenous children and youth.