2018 Reunion Conference of the GGCLC Indigenous Alumni

GGCLC Indigenous Alumni

The 2018 Reunion Conference of the Indigenous Alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference will be held in Calgary on May 4-6, 2018 at the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel.

The GGCLC will cover accommodation and food in Calgary from the evening of Thursday, May 3 to lunch on Sunday, May 6. Travel costs are the responsibility of each participant. Financial support is available for individuals in hardship situations.


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Leadership development among Indigenous peoples in urban, rural and remote communities in Canada.

Connecting Indigenous GGCLC alumni from across Canada with each other regardless of their Conference year, sector and home region.


Conference Sponsors

GGCLC Indigenous Alumni Sponsors


Program Schedule

Thursday, May 3, 2018
3:00 pm
Registration opens at Conference Hotel (Calgary Marriott Downtown)

6:30 pm
Reception at Conference Hotel

Friday, May 4, 2018 – Full Day in Plenary
7:30 am
Welcome and Traditional Opening

7:45 am
Remarks from the Chair, Roberta Jamieson

8:00 am
What do you want from our weekend together?

  • Open mic opportunity for participants to state what they hope to get out of the reunion weekend

8:30 am
The Public Policy Agenda in Canada

  • Wayne Wouters
    Strategic and Policy Advisor, McCarthy Tétrault
    and former Clerk of the Privy Council, Government of Canada
  • Review of the competing interests for public and government attention in Canada including the major Indigenous issues like reconciliation, health and education.
  • The changing demographic make-up of country, regions, communities that will underpin social and economic policy-making and politics in Canada for next 25 years.
  • Every region and group have priorities – how do we ensure the major Indigenous issues stay public policy priorities?

9:30 am
Advances in Indigenous Health and Education – and the Challenges We Still Face

  • Michael DeGagné
    President and Vice Chancellor, Nipissing University

    Lydia Hwitsum
    Chair, First Nations Health Authority

  • Assessment of the state of Indigenous health and education – and the gaps between communities.
  • The successes and challenges of the breakthrough organizations like the BC First Nations Health Authority.
  • The links between education and health – and where we are seeing signs of progress.

11:00 am
The Indigenous Business Builder and Job-Creator

  • Nicole Bourque-Bouchier
    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner, The Bouchier Group
  • Break-through entrepreneurs share their thoughts on the reasons for their success – and how they see the future for growth.
  • What communities and governments can do to help develop and encourage risk takers – and how we can keep the job creation in our communities.

12:15 pm
Lunch and Free Time

1:30 pm
Essential Qualities of Today’s Successful Relationships

  • Kim Baird
    Kim Baird Strategic Consulting and former Chief, Tsawwassen First Nation

    Calvin Helin
    Author and Chair, Eagle Spirit Energy

    Donald R. Lindsay
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Teck Resources Limited

  • Lessons on leadership skills from current leaders in business, government, social action. Will include focus on resilience, communication, and building economic and political partnerships with corporate Canada and mainstream governments that benefit communities for the long term.

3:30 pm
Building on the Strengths We Have Today

  • Dawn Madahbee Leach
    Vice Chair, National Indigenous Economic Development Board, and General Manager, Waubetek Business Development Corporation

    Harold Calla
    Executive Chair, First Nations Financial Management Board

    • Mapping the assets our peoples have for the challenges ahead, including examples of how communities can leverage assets like transportation corridors.
    • How to work better together as First Peoples so we can learn from each other.
    • How can communities with resources and capacity support themselves and others? How does leadership make the difference?

    5:00 pm
    Depart for Blackfoot Crossing

    6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
    Blackfoot Crossing Cultural Centre (site of historic Treaty 7 signing)

    • Barbecue with traditional foods
    • Cultural presentation and exchanges

    Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Morning with 8 Round Tables, Afternoon in Plenary
    6:00 am
    Sunrise exercise available (hike, yoga)

    7:45 am
    Welcome from Chair and review of day

    7:50 am
    Welcome from Session Moderator: Description of format and report-backs

    • Interactive Day
    • Each member can select to participate in two of the available eight Round Table topics (see Round Table list below)
    • Each Round Table session will last approximately two hours

    8:00 am
    First Round Table Session

    10:00 am
    Second Round Table Session

    12:30 pm
    Lunch with speaker from New Zealand Maoris:
    Settling Grievances, Taking Destiny into Our Own Hands, and Building a $37 Billion Indigenous Economy in New Zealand

    2:00 pm
    Plenary: Report-backs on Round tables

    • Facilitator reporting on key findings, key linkages, key conflicts
    • Key threads (knowing self, knowing community, knowing country)
    • How do Indigenous values influence outcomes
    • How do we scale up our successes?
    • Summary

    7:00 pm
    Country and Western evening with Alberta alumni (Calgary – location TBD)

    Sunday, May 6, 2018
    7:45 am
    Welcome from Roberta Jamieson and description of the morning

    8:00 am
    60-Minute Peer Mentoring Round Table: Are you achieving everything you want to achieve? What are you struggling with? How can the alumni help each other? Can we build a stronger network among us to work better together?

    9:00 am
    Report-back on Peer Mentoring Round tables

    9:30 am
    GGCLC and Reconciliation

    • What has the GGCLC experience meant to you?
    • What role should the GGCLC play in accelerating reconciliation across Canada?
    • How do we make it happen? How do we bring in our fellow alumni?

    11:30 am
    Sum-up and discussion of future networking, mentoring, reunions, and organization of Indigenous alumni planning committee.

    Round Table sessions:
    Question: What is shared decision-making? How have colonial/mainstream leadership styles influenced Indigenous leadership and can/should we de-construct for the next generation? How have communities succeeded in re-energizing Indigenous governance? How do we take it further, while also building relationships with mainstream governments?

    Question: Leadership is Swimming Upstream: How to provide progressive, Indigenous leadership and be a change maker within the broader Canadian context. What constitutes progressive leadership? What are indications of success? How do we mentor the next generation of leaders?

    Question: Where do the Worldviews Meet? How do we maintain connection to the sacred, while leading in a modern, capitalist world? How do we share our perspectives on behaviour, goals and healing in corporate and other non-Indigenous environments? How do we engage with others to create change in a way that honours Indigenous identity and leadership?

    Question: Defining Our Wellbeing: Where are we succeeding and where are we falling behind? Yes, we need more resources for health, education and social programs – but can we achieve better outcomes with what we have today as well? How do we share regional successes with each other?

    Question: The mindset and skillset of an entrepreneur. How do we encourage more entrepreneurship within our communities? What accelerators exist across the country that are already leading the work to build skills in community? For many entrepreneurs, failure is viewed as just another lesson on the path to success – how do we encourage risk-taking?

    Question: Making Indigenous Inclusion the Obvious Way Forward: How do we make sure that Indigenous candidates are front and centre for every progressive organization? Who is excelling at cross-cultural learning and unlearning across the country? What methods are they using? What impact is it having? How do we share the successes with each other?

    Question: Whose Voices tell the Canada Story? Can we imagine a path towards a common history/story for all Canadians – many strands, one cord? Is mainstream media helping or harming? How do our cultural institutions need to change so all of our stories can be told? How can we accelerate understanding through the school system?

    Question: Leading and ParentingNothing works unless our families are healthy in body and mind. How do we close the gaps between child welfare and family wellbeing in every community? How can communities help each other regardless of region, cultural heritage or financial capacity?

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