Three Indigenous speakers from across Canada will be speaking about the Indigenous lens on land and on inclusion.
Date: Tuesday March 8, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. Pacific time
Denise Lecoy is a sqilxʷ grandmother to Harmony, mother of 6 adult sons, wife to Lloyd Lecoy, daughter to to Verna Baker, and Adam Eneas. She feels blessed to live in her home community on the Penticton Indian Reserve, and to engage in ongoing learning about what it means to be sqilxʷ from our language speakers and knowledge holders, and friends. Her life work and passion is for the health and well-being of all peoples. Her father, snpinktn Hereditary Chief, Adam Eneas, continues to teach her about the importance of relationships, and her late mother, Verna Baker, of the Sḵwxwú7mesh people, taught her the importance of family and fun. What brings her joy is being out on the land, running, walking, and hiking and giving back what she can to our people.
Amber McSwain-Chitzeh, She is a Teetl’it Gwich’in from Teel’it Zheh (Fort McPherson) NWT. She took the Aboriginal Access studies program, and is currently a 2nd year student in the Native Indigenous Teaching Education Program at UBCO. She is working towards being an elementary school teacher in the Okanagan, before moving back up north. She spends her summers working with the GNWT in the department of Education Culture and Employment. Specifically, in the curriculum development and student assessment division. She enjoys exploring new trails and hikes here on the traditional Sylix territory, and picking berries with her grandmother on the land when she is back north.
Amiel Flett recently finished the Indigenous Land Stewardship program at the Native Education College located on the lands of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh). He is also an elite track cyclist and member of the national track cycling team. Amiel’s background in sport started on the track ten years ago through the Urban Native Youth Association with Kelyn Akuna. Amiel loves spending time on the land, talking about aerodynamics, exercise physiology, film, and Indigenous Law. He aspires to put his experience as an elite racer and Indigenous land steward to use as a filmmaker after his cycling career.
This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.
Thanks to the BC Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (BC NEIHR) for the Research Experience Award.