GEN7 Wisdom & Courage Training Series
2020 has been a challenging year. The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed our lives with social distancing, school closures, cancelled events, and less opportunities to find work. We believe that positive and inspirational stories are important to hear right now, and that youth deserve extra support and training to prepare them for the world ahead.
The GEN7 Wisdom & Courage Training Series will feature weekly speakers sharing their story and insight on the importance of 8 different skillsets. Sharing their wisdom by talking about what experiences and learning helped them develop that skill, and how courage enables them to use it when it is needed. We will also be joined by several different Elders who will offer opening and closing words for our webinar gatherings.
It is our intent to offer hope, inspiration, and courage through this webinar series for young people out there who are seeking positive perspectives and knowledge to prepare themselves for the future. Whether you are in high school, seeking work, attending college/university, or just looking for motivation, we welcome you to register and join us this summer! The webinar link will be provided upon completing registration.
Participants are also invited to join follow-up webinar sessions with hosts Leland MacLeod & Jarrett Whitefish on Fridays to share feedback or results from challenges or questions posed by weekly speakers.
Curtis Miller Joe - August 4th, 2020 - Complex Problem Solving
Curtis was born December 28, 1960, in Shishalh (Sechelt), British Columbia, nad is a member of the Coast Salish Nation. He began carving in 1988 with his cousin, Sid Lamarche, a highly regarded artist from the Bella Coola Nation. Curtis also cites Kevin Cranmer (Kwagiulth Nation) as a teacher. Curtis, too, carves in the traditional Kwagiulth style. His work displays a fierce pride informed by the deeply spiritual value systems that Curtis brings to all his mediums: carving, painting, drum and dance. Curtos has been receiving public commissions for several years now. Most recently Curtis has worked with Deltaview Secondary School where he was able to convince a number of youth at the school help him complete a large welcome panel. Curtis has also been the resident carver at Hill's Native Art since 2002 where he has met and inspired a number of local and international visitors. A world class Powwow dancer, Curtis usually spends the summers competing throughout North America and during the winters he works with youth at risk as a family counsellor. The richness of his cultural heritage informs both these devotions and is further enhanced by his artwork. Most recently, Curtis has been studying old box designs and has just begun carving jewellry in gold and silver.
Rosemarie Kuptana - August 11th, 2020 - Persistence & Grit
The 1990s marked historic changes in the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. Through the efforts of Rosemarie Kuptana, President of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, and other Indigenous leaders, the federal, provincial and territorial governments have acknowledged the inherent right of Aboriginal peoples to self-government. Ms. Kuptana played a significant role in securing for Aboriginal peoples an equal participation with other Canadians in national constitutional and political processes. Born in Sachs Harbour in the Banks Island in Canada’s Western Arctic, Ms. Kuptana has worked for the advancement of Inuit language and culture and has been a tireless leader in the area of human rights since 1975. From 1983 to 1988, she served as the President of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC). During this time, Ms. Kuptana played a vital role in developing a communications system to express and reflect Inuit culture and society. She has also represented Inuit in other forms, including serving as co-chair of the International Artic Council and, from 1986 to 1989, as the Canadian vice-president of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. She also researched and published No More Secrets, an examination of child sexual abuse in Inuit communities for Pautuutit, the national Inuit women’s association. The work has helped Inuit across Canada better recognize and treat this extremely difficult problem. In April 1991, Ms. Kuptana was elected to a three-year term as president of the ITC, the national voice of 35,000 Inuit. In addition to its self-government efforts, under the Ms. Kuptana’s leadership, the ITC has participated in research and represented Inuit on Arctic environmental issues, pursued acknowledgement of human rights abuses in the relocation of Inuit to the High Arctic during the 1950s, assisted in the settlement of Inuit land claims and developed educational and other programs for Inuit youth. She has received the order of Canada and the Governor General’s Confederation Medal. In 1992, she was named to Maclean’s Hounour Role and was selected as Up Here magazine’s Northerner of the Year. Ms. Kuptana’s cultural and political influence reaches beyond the Arctic. Whether in Ottawa, Moscow or Geneva, she is recognized as a strong advocate for the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination and self-government.
Douglas Cardinal - August 18th, 2020 - Communication & Social Perceptiveness
As a Master-Builder, Douglas Cardinal's life is dedicated to creating beautiful, thriving, and harmoniously built environments. Born in 1934 in Calgary, Alberta, his architectural studies at The University of British Columbia took him to Austin, Texas, where he achieved his architectural degree and found a life experience in human rights initiatives. Douglas then became a forerunner of philosophies of sustainability, green buildings and ecologically designed community planning. His architecture springs from his observation of Nature and its understanding that everything works seamlessly together. In recognition of such work, Douglas Cardinal has received many national and international awards including: 20 Honorary Doctorates, Gold Medals of Architecture in Canada and Russia, and an award from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) for best sustainable village. He was also titled an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the most prestigious awards given to a Canadian, and he was awarded the declaration of being “World Master of Contemporary Architecture” by the International Association of Architects. Douglas Cardinal is one of the visionaries of a new world; a world where beauty, balance and harmony thrive, where client, architect, and stakeholder build together with a common vision.
Sadhvi Sehgal - August 25th, 2020 - Financial Literacy Workshop
Sadhvi Sehgal graduated from University of Guelph with a Bachelor’s in Commerce where she made the Dean’s Honours List from 2008-2013. She has over five years experience working with Royal Bank and is currently an account manager in Ottawa, Ontario. In her role, Sadhvi builds customer relationships, develops a deep understanding of the client base, and takes a genuine interest in solving their problems using all available resources and product knowledge. Sadhvi has kindly volunteered to offer her expertise to facilitate an introductory financial literacy workshop.
Elder Verna McGregor - August 4th & 25th, 2020 - Kitigan Zibi Anishinabe First Nation
Elder Verna McGregor is from the Algonquin Community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, which is approximately 120 kilometres north of Ottawa. Ottawa is part of the Algonquin Nation’s traditional lands. Verna works at Minwaashin Lodge, the Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre located in Ottawa. Services and resources provided by Minwaashin Lodge assist in the empowerment of Aboriginal Women leaving violence. Verna has remained firmly grounded in her community and nation by also being part of the group of traditional Grandmothers (Kokomisag) and Elders. This includes promoting the retention of the Algonquin language and culture, which is so important when addressing issues and connection to the land.
Leland MacLeod - Webinar Host
Leland has worked with Motivate Canada as a GEN7 Messenger since 2012 and has visited communities in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Leland earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology, minoring in Indigenous Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and has worked in the Canadian Armed Forces reserves since 2002. His work with Motivate Canada has also included our Activate and ViaYOUTH forum collaboratives that brought together the strengths of our youth programs; Esteem team, Activate, ViaYOUTH Pro and GEN7. Leland is an advocate of youth empowerment and is passionate about how we can surpass the limitations of our personal fears and doubts by connecting with others, sharing our experiences and offering mutual support to one another in ongoing partnerships. While residing in Ottawa, Ontario, Leland has strong connections to his family and friends in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Jarrett Whitefish - Webinar Host
Jarrett Whitefish is a Media Marketer for the Non-Profit Social Media Organization Called Powwow Times Created in 2015 by his friend Patrick Mitsuing. Jarrett started getting involved with Powwow Times in early 2019. Jarrett comes from the community of Big River First Nation Saskatchewan but now resides in the town of Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Jarrett has a wide variety of skills and knowledge that he has learned over the years but the one he holds most dear his is love for the Men’s Fancy Dance. The dance has helped him deal with anxiety and depression that he developed shortly after the untimely passing of his beloved father. Coming from dealing with mental health issues himself, Jarrett is a major advocate for mental health and suicide awareness for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike. Jarrett is also passionate about editing videos, making music, and is championship fancy dancer in his own right. During his free time in the summer he likes to travel to powwow celebrations across North America to showcase his style of dance. He is a kind-hearted individual who lives with passion, dedication, and honesty.
Elder Meeka Kakudluk - August 11th, 2020 - Padloping Island, NU
Meeka Kakudluk was born in Padloping Island. She is a retired teacher (37 years of service) based in Ottawa Ontario. Meeka Graduated from the Teacher Education Program in Fort Smith N.W.T. in 1976. She has taught grades K-3 in Pangnirtung, Qikiqtarjuaq and Iqaluit. She has also served as vice-principal at Joamie School. Meeka is a graduate of McGill University and is one of the first Inuit to graduate from a Masters program (UPEI) in 2009 with Elisapee Karetak. Meeka is a single parent, with three children and ten grandchildren.