Keynote Speakers

The Pre-Conference Keynotes (September 27 & 28)

Allen Sutherland

Allen Sutherland (White Spotted Horse) Allen is an Anishinabek member of Skownan First Nation, Manitoba. He is a Registered Professional Trainer (RPT), Professional Certified Heritage Interpreter and a certified practitioner of Time Line Therapy. He provides Canadian Indigenous cultural historical a [...]

Kate Donohue

Kate T. Donohue is an adventuresome soul who has traveled to almost all the continents following the muse of her passion for culture , the arts, expressive arts and healing. She has created seminars in Ghana and India that explore the roots of healing through delving into the indigenous arts of thes [...]

Leah Fontaine

Artist, educator, and scholar, Leah Fontaine connects with her Dakota/Anishinaabe/Metis heritage to intuitively attain the iconography and worldview display in her artwork and practice. Throughout the past, Fontaine’s education, artistic skills, and abilities have transpired in theatre, television, [...]

Conference Keynotes (September 29, 30, & October 1)

D’Arcy Bruning-Haid

D’Arcy has been in private practice as a body psychotherapist for over 25 years. She is a healer, a writer, a facilitator, a parent and a midwife to the soul. She is the creator of Nourishing the Soul Series incorporating and weaving body psychotherapy, movement, dance, psychodrama, art, Tantra sexu [...]

KC Adams

KC Adams graduated from Concordia University in 1998 with a B.F.A. and has had numerous solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and has been in two Biennales. She has participated in residencies around the world and received several grants and awards from Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and [...]

Jade Harper

Jade Harper, founder and owner, manages SpiritFusion and brings with her several years experience in program development and management with specialized skills in the areas of group facilitation, community mobilization, engagement and consultation. As a Cree and Anishinaabe woman originally from Peg [...]

Dave Courchene

Dave Courchene – Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man) has travelled internationally, carrying a message of hope and peace. Dave shares the ancient knowledge of the Original People of Turtle Island, that he believes can act as the foundation in supporting the New Life that Mother Earth is now ente [...]

Frye Jean

I am grateful for this opportunity to introduce myself as the Director of Circle Works, a qualified clinical therapist, a trained art therapist, a prolific writer and artist, a dedicated activist for Earth Mother, and an enthusiastic ceremonial leader. I completed my training as a clinical therapist [...]

Victoria McIntosh

Artist and teacher, Victoria was born in Ste. Boniface and raised on Sagkeeng First Nation. She spent her first years at the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School. She has fond early memories of her grandmother as her first art teacher. She has explored many different spectrums of art from simple [...]

Dr. Niigaan Sinclair

Dr. Niigaan James Sinclair is Anishinaabe, originally from St. Peter’s (Little Peguis) Indian Settlement near Selkirk, Manitoba, and is an Associate Professor and current Head of the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues national [...]

Armand Volkas

Armand Volkas is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Berkeley, California, where he directs a training program for students, interns and therapists who want to integrate drama therapy into their practice. [...]