Contact: John Donner
Edmonton West

Rotary District Indigenous Committee - Speaker Series

Time:                                                 Tuesday May 18, 2021 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
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Meeting ID:                                      926 6519 4123
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Meeting ID:                                      926 6519 4123




Rotary District Indigenous Committee - Speaker Series 

Guest Speaker - Cheryl Whiskeyjack 
Speaking on Canada 150ish

I often say that “Canada” thinks it knows the Indigenous folks of the land but what they know is bits. This session will unpack the elements of Canadian policies and actions that continue to impact ALL of us today. All the pieces of laws and legislations like the Indian Act, cultural prohibitions, residential schools, 60’s scoop (as well as the present scoop), MMIWG etc. All of these happened while Canada was being formed as a nation. I also often say we have this awesome prequel! A hybrid balance of this prequel place is where I work hard to help our community to arrive at.


Cheryl Whiskeyjack is Executive Director of the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society The Society is committed to building upon the strengths of Aboriginal children, youth, and families to enable them to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally so that they can walk proudly in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Communities.  A distinguished alumna from MacEwan University, Cheryl is a key leader in the not-for-profit sector both locally and nationally.  In Edmonton, she has fostered partnerships with many organizations, including Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Children’s Services, Blue Quills University, MacEwan University and University of Calgary.  Cheryl is a general member at the National Advisory Council on Poverty.

Suggested Pre-Viewing:  Lion 
Starring: Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman