Aboriginal Perspectives Panel

May 11th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Participate in a stimulating discussion focused on issues affecting Aboriginal communities. Moderated panel followed by open floor Q&A.


Laureen (Blu) Waters is a Cree and Métis Micmac Elder of the Wolf Clan. She has been a Traditional Counsellor for most of her life and currently works at Seneca College and Peel Aboriginal Network as an Elder providing traditional teachings and one-on-one counseling. She has also served as the National Caucus Representative for the Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

An Oneida of the Thames born in London, Ontario, Todd Jamieson is a visual artist and advocate of Aboriginal Culture. Todd is active in researching native artifacts and ancient crafts and presents on Aboriginal culture in local schools. His art is representative of the early native one-dimensional drawings recovered throughout North America.


Collette Youngchief is a Cree Woman, Pîsimoyâpiy iskwêw 'Rainbow Woman', college student, and mother. She is actively involved in Ninoskomtin York Region where she works on a project for seniors and youth, bringing them together for support and teachings.


Becky Big Canoe is an advocate for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and for a Grassroots Inquiry led by Indigenous Women. She is also a Water Walker who does spiritual journeys around Lake Simcoe to raise awareness and pray for the waters.



Tahirih Naylor is a lawyer, mother and educator. After practicing family law she went on to represent the Baha'i International Community at the United Nations in New York City working on such issues as children's rights, educational equality, poverty and environmental justice.

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