Second Gathering

Second Gathering

8:30 am - 10:00 am

First Nations Welcoming Ceremony - Details TBD

C2UExpo 2017 Conference Co-Chair Welcome

Executive Director, SFU Surrey Campus
Co-Chair C2UExpo
Stephen Dooley became the second executive director of the SFU Surrey campus on November 1st, 2013. Prior to joining the SFU team, he worked at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for more than 20 years, where he was the founder of The Centre For Interdisciplinary Research: Community Learning and Engagement. Steve has a strong commitment to the development of community-campus partnerships. As SFU Surrey campus director, Steve sits at a number of community partnership tables, including the City of Surrey’s Social Policy Advisory Committee, the Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition (co-chair), the Local Immigration Partnership, and the Surrey Healthier Community Partnership. Steve is also a director of the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT). 

He recently completed a community-based research project exploring the settlement needs of refugees in Surrey BC, where he hired and trained seven recent youth refugees to serve as research assistants.
Associate Professor, SFU Faculty of Education
Michelle Nilson, Associate Professor in educational leadership, SFU's Faculty of Education, is a process-oriented connector of ideas, people, and organizations, who began teaching in Detroit in K-12 schools in the late 1990s. She now makes these connections explicit in the university classroom at SFU, where she is a community partnership based researcher.

First Peoples. First Teachers: Stories of Reconciliation

Reconciliation is at the heart of this opening roundtable conversation. What does it mean to be a post-secondary institution of reconciliation in terms of research, instruction and program design? How do Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous languages and culture, decolonization and land become the starting place for reconciliation and building bridges between campus and community, through the integration of Indigenous knowledge?
Elected Councillor and Spokesperson, Squamish Nation
Board of Governors, SFU
Co-Chair, SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council

Christopher Lewis or Chris (Syeta’xtn) Lewis is currently an Elected Councillor for the Squamish Nation and is one of the two official spokespersons on behalf of the Nation with the following portfolios: Intergovernmental Affairs, Health, Governance, and Fisheries. Chris is also a Board member of the First Nations Employment Society and Coho Society of the North Shore. Previously, Chris worked for many years at the national and provincial level for the BC Assembly of First Nations focusing on First Nations advocacy and policy. 

His career goal to work hard and live a long, healthy life in a career focused around closing the socio-economic gap for First Nations through strong governance structures, sustainable development and First Nations economies. Chris is an SFU alumnus and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography.
Aboriginal Relations Manager, City of Vancouver

Ginger Gosnell-Myers – of Nisga’a and Kwakwak'awakw heritage is passionate about advancing Aboriginal rights
and knowledge, while breaking down barriers between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Ginger is the City of Vancouver’s first Aboriginal Relations Manager where she is central to advancing Vancouver as the world’s first official City of Reconciliation, and is working across all City departments to bridge Aboriginal policies, programs and relations. Key to this work is implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action, and strengthening the relationship between local First Nations, the urban Aboriginal community, and Reconciliation Canada.

Throughout 2008-2011 Ginger worked on the Environics Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study as both Project Manager and Public Engagement Director. The UAPS is Canada’s largest research study on Aboriginal people living in urban
environments, and has become the leading research on urban Aboriginal people’s values, aspirations, experiences, and identity. In 2010 the UAPS received the Public Policy Impact Award by the Marketing Research and Intelligence
Association, and the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award for not for profit organizations.

She has facilitated and spoken at several provincial, national and international events, including the International
Indigenous Women & Wellness Conference, the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, and the United
Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples. Her commitment to advancing Aboriginal issues led her to work as the Western Assistant to the late and former Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Development Andy Scott, advising the Minister on issues pertaining to BC and Alberta.

Ginger is featured in the inspirational book: Notes from Canada’s Young Activists: A Generation Stands up for Change (2007). In 2012 as part of the CBC documentary series “8th Fire”, Ginger was highlighted and profiled for her views on Aboriginal issues and relations in Canada. Ginger is an Action Canada 2004 Fellow, former Co-Chair to the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council, former President of Urban Native Youth Association, and sits as a Board of Director for the Inspirit Foundation.
Educator/ Public Speaker

Khelsilem hails from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-speaking communities of Xwmel̓ts’stn and Eslhá7an and the Kwak̕wala-speaking tribes of the Na̱mg̱is' and Ḵwiḵwa̱sut̓inux̱w. He is a shy artist in the Coast Salish-style and formline tradition of his cultural traditions. He is an active member of his community where he is a member of the Squamish Nation. Khelsilem has worked with Indigenous communities in Canada to address the decline of their languages, including his people's own language called Sḵwx̱wú7mesh. Most recently he has partnered with Simon Fraser University to offer the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Language Immersion Program, a first of its kind. In 2010 he participated in a Master-Apprentice Program with a fluent Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaker from his community to gain a higher level of proficiency in his language.
Comedian, Writer, Media Maker & Community Activator
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator based in Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). One of the most decorated Indigenous comedians/writers/media makers working today, Ryan’s voice has become vital to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities – his comedic storytelling style is fast-paced, loose and irreverent, as he explores the good, the bad and the ugly between Indigenous Country and the mainstream. Since 2010, Ryan has recorded three national comedy specials (Welcome To Turtle Island Too, UnReserved and Red Man Laughing) & two taped Gala sets at the prestigious Winnipeg Comedy Festival. In 2012, Ryan became the 1st Native comedian to ever record a full mainstream comedy special with CBC TV (Ryan McMahon - UnReserved). Later that year he made his debut at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, QC where he was named to the NEW FACES list at the festival.
Sam Bradd
Graphic Facilitator
Hi, I’m Sam Bradd.
I’m a graphic facilitator and specialist in information design. I use visuals to help groups be better at what they do. In the last 15 years, I’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, Google, indigenous organizations and researchers on four continents. I co-edited the new book Drawn Together Through Visual Practice to help facilitators and visual thinkers deepen their knowledge. I have a Masters in Education (University of British Columbia).
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