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A conversation with Pam Palmater on COVID, racism, and Indigenous communities

Speaker: Dr.Pam Palmater, Mi’kmaq lawyer, professor, activist and politician. Interviewed by Stephania Varalli, Co-CEO, Head of Media at Women of Influence 

 

Within the first few minutes of the conversation, one thing is clear: it is impossible to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous people living in Canada without knowledge of the centuries of struggle that came before it, and the racism, oppression, and genocide that they were experiencing already.

On these topics, Dr. Pamela Palmater is an authority — a result of more than 25 years of focus on First Nations issues, studying, volunteering, advocating, and working as a lawyer, Associate Professor, and the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. A Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick, Pam has spoken internationally on Indigenous issues and authored three books on the subject; her latest, Warrior Life: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence, just became available for preorder.

We spoke with Pam on June 3, the one-year anniversary of the release of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. On the same day, Pam published an article that shows through statistics that Canada has a racism problem, and Chantel Moore, a 26-year-old from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check.

And so the conversation started not on COVID, but on injustice.

 

 

 

Minutes

Description

1:30

June 3, 2020 – one year of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

2:30

COVID as an excuse

9:00

Lack of sex and race data collection during the pandemic 

14:00

The most at-risk group without a plan and funding

17:30

Delays in the pandemic within First Nations communities

20:30

Indigenous land, the pipeline and a violation of basic human rights

28:30

Equal rights for everyone

29:30

Growing up in Canada without knowing about the genocide and racism around us

33:15

What is a good Canadian ally?

39:00

Lifting other voices and why change does not come overnight

   

Building a Brand: How Three Top Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Scaled for Success

    Speaker: Hana James, Co-founder, Greenhouse Juice Co.; Roxy Earle, President, Luxurious Roxy Inc. + Founder, #MySizeRox; Lexi Miles, Founder + CEO, WAXON Laser + Waxbar   The lifestyle industry is booming with innovation and opportunity. From fitness and mindfulness, to organic beauty and sustainable fashion, there are countless niches for new entrepreneurs to explore […]
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Meet Tina Brown: The Visionary Who Reinvented Vanity Fair and The New Yorker

    Speaker: Tina Brown, Former Editor-in-Chief – Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker   Tina Brown is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and event producer. As editor-in-chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, she reinvented and reinvigorated three ailing media brands; authored best-sellers; launched an online news outlet, and founded the Women […]
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Deconstructing Stigma: Navigating Mental Health, Ageism and Fertility in the Workplace

    Speaker: Dr. Vivien Brown, Vice President – Medical Affairs, Medisys. Dr. Marjorie Dixon, CEO and Medical Director, Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health. Christine Laperriere, Executive Director, Women of Influence Advancement Centre/President, Leader in Motion.   What does it take to effectively work through mental health or reproductive struggles? How does one combat the […]
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The Future of Gender, Diversity & Inclusion: Understanding Intersectionality

    Speaker: Karen Craggs-Milne, Global Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Intersectionality Expert. Rachel Lauren Clark, Strategy Lead – Infrastructure, TD. Dauna Jones-Simmonds, President, DEJS (Diversity) Consulting. Carolyn Lawrence, Leader, Gender Diversity & Inclusion at Deloitte Canada (moderator)   While current frameworks have helped attract increasingly diverse talent and add to a pipeline of potential leaders, […]
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Untapped Resources: How to Hire, Advance, and Retain Women

    Speakers: Lisa Knight, Managing Partner, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge. Cheryl Fullerton, Executive Vice President, People and Communications, Corus Entertainment. Michael Bach, Founder and CEO, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.   Most organizations want to believe that developing a gender-balanced workforce is one of their top priorities — but is it really? When […]
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A Conversation with Dr. Samantha Nutt: Experiences that Inspired Her Entrepreneurial Humanitarian Journey

    Speaker: Dr. Samantha Nutt, Award-Winning Humanitarian, Bestselling Author, and Founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA   A respected authority on the civilian impact of war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr. Samantha Nutt has worked with children and their families on the frontlines of many of the world’s major crises […]
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Gender Equality: Human Rights Activist Sally Armstrong Says There’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Woman

 

 

Speaker: Sally Armstrong, Canadian Journalist, Author and Human Rights Activist

 

Her work is easy to admire — providing an outlet to victims who want to have a voice, shining a light on struggles around the globe, driving change — and her journey is even more inspiring when you go back to the beginning. How did a high school phys-ed teacher with no aspirations of writing become “the war correspondent for the world’s women,” as she’s often called? How did a mom of three living in Oakville end up in Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Sudan, to name a few? In this episode of Live From the Podium, Sally Armstrong — multi-award winning journalist, bestselling author, and human rights activist shares the origin of her story, and why she believes “there’s never been a better time in human history to be a woman.”

 

 

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Description

0:35

Laura McGowan, Director, Portfolio Marketing & Brand Communications at Ricoh Canada Inc. introduces Sally Armstrong

3:35

Sally Armstrong is welcomed to the stage

5:30

How her journey began

7:35

The societal differences between women and men

8:30

The impact of her hero — Doris Anderson

10:00

The one journalism assignment that changed her career

13:30

“I thought, if no one is going to do these stories, I’m going to do these stories”

15:15

Why she believes the future will be better

16:00

Education for girls

18:20

The next generation of activists: The story of Malala Yousafzai

20:30

Why women’s history is flawed

23:35

The power shift: why now

25:00

The forth wave: social media

28:00

Where we go now and our next step

29:30

Working with the next generation of boys

32:03

Innocent bystander is sometimes an oxymoron

   

The Powerful Impact of Activism: How Autumn Peltier is Leading the Next Generation

 

 

Speaker: Autumn Peltier, Clean Water Advocate and Anishinabek Nation Chief Water Commissioner

 

For most of us, the biggest thing we were rallying for at 15 was an extension on our curfew or a new outfit — but Autumn Peltier is not your average 15-year-old. Newly appointed as the Anishinabek Nation chief water commissioner, Autumn has already spent years advocating for water protection in First Nations communities, and around the world. Sharing the message of the sanctity and importance of clean water, Autumn is making some serious waves — from her debut global speech at the Children’s Climate Conference in Sweden in 2015, to the 2019 address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In this episode of Live From the Podium, Autumn shares her story with a clear statement urging the community to respect the importance of clean water.

 

 

Minutes

Description

0:30

Alicia Dubois, Vice President, Indigenous Markets at CIBC introduces Autumn Peltier

3:40

Autumn Peltier land acknowledgement

4:30

Reflecting on being a 15 year old activist

5:15

The impact of the lack of clean water in Canadian indigenous communities

6:00

Autumn reflects on her grandmothers activism and commitment to the Canadian water crisis

6:55

Call to the federal government

9:05

Her mentorship as the new Anishinabek Nation chief water commissioner

9:30

Speaking on her activism and how her story is being heard

10:45

Call to action to the community 

   

A Conversation with Joanna Griffiths: the Entrepreneur who Disrupted a $2.5 billion Underwear Industry and Created a Brand for Every Body

  Speaker: Joanna Griffiths, Founder & CEO, Knixwear   What does it take to be the Founder and CEO of one of Canada’s most successful consumer brands? Just ask Joanna Griffiths, the Founder & CEO of Knixwear – one of Canada’s fastest growing companies and a disrupter of the $2.5 billion underwear industry. After establishing […]
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The Balancing Act: The Art of Juggling Motherhood and your Career

  Speaker: Catherine Reitman, Actress, Comedian, Producer, Writer, Director, Workin’ Moms   Balancing motherhood with your career and professional life is no small feat. Catherine Reitman, the creator, producer, director and star of CBC’s hit comedy Workin’ Moms, knows this well. In this episode of Live From the Podium, Catherine shares her insights on the […]
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The Future of Tech: What It Takes To Be a Leader in the Digital Space

  Panelists: Eva Wong, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Borrowell; Huda Idrees, Founder & CEO, Dot Health; Sage Franch, Co-Founder & CTO, Crescendo   Thinking of starting the next million-dollar tech venture? This episode of Live From the Podium features the stories of 3 leading tech entrepreneurs who are shifting the business landscape and making […]
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A Discussion with Katie Telford: Working Through Barriers and Beyond Limitations

  Speaker: Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Government of Canada   Katie Telford is a Canadian political strategist and the current Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In this episode of Live From the Podium, Katie shares the journey and opens up about the experiences, successes and […]
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The Power of Pride: Olivia Nuamah’s Story

  Speaker: Olivia Nuamah, Executive Director, Pride Toronto   What does it take to be a strong leader? Olivia Nuamah, the Executive Director of Pride Toronto, knows first-hand the level of awareness and responsibility that is required of community leaders. In this episode of Live From The Podium, Olivia shares her compelling journey and explains […]
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Success on Your Own Terms

  Speaker: Ginella Massa, Reporter, CityNews Toronto   What does it take to be successful? Persistence, resourcefulness, and simply having guts. In this episode of Live From The Podium, renowned journalist and the first woman to wear a hijab in broadcast media, Ginella Massa shares her groundbreaking story as a changemaker in the media’s representation […]
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Tackling Transition: How to Successfully Navigate Career Changes

  Speaker: Marci Ien, Co-Host, The Social   For many of us, our careers are a huge part of our personal identity, which can make career transitions or changes difficult. How do we navigate changes like retirement, terminated employment or entering a new industry? In this episode Marci Ien from CTV’s daytime panel talk show […]
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Designing Your Next Chapter

  Speaker: Debbie Travis, Best-Selling Author, Entrepreneur & Design Icon   Let’s face it – change can be scary. Our fear of failure and the unknown can prevent us from taking risks, making bold career moves or pursuing our passions. How do we work past those fears and concerns to achieve our goals? In this […]
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How to Own Opportunity and Discover your Million Dollar Idea

  Speaker: Michele Romanow, ‘Dragon’ on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, Co-Founder of Clearbanc   We all have great ideas, but what does it take to transform a great idea to a million dollar idea? Michele Romanow is a Canadian tech entrepreneur and the youngest ‘Dragon’ on CBC’s hit show “Dragon’s Den”. In this episode of Live […]
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