Indigenous Women in Community Leadership

November 1 to 4, 2019

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
of New Zealand

Te Awekotuku is descended from Te Arawa, Tūhoe and Waikato iwi. As a student she was a member of Ngā Tamatoa at the University of Auckland. Her doctorate is on the effects of tourism on the Te Arawa people.

Te Awekotuku has worked across the heritage, culture and academic sectors as a curator, lecturer, researcher and activist. Her areas of research interest include gender issues, museums, body modification, power and powerlessness, spirituality, and ritual.She has been curator of ethnology at the Waikato Museum; lecturer in art history at Auckland University,and professor of Maori studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She was Professor of Research and Development at Waikato University. She and Marilyn Waring contributed the piece “Foreigners in our own land” to the 1984 anthology Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women’s Movement Anthology, edited by Robin Morgan. Although now retired, she continues to write.

In the 2010 New Year Honours, Te Awekotuku was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori culture. In 2017, she won an Auckland Museum Medal.

Schedule of Events

Friday November 1

11:00 am – 5:00 pmRegistrationCoady Building Foyer
12:00 pm – 4:00 pmBeach Tours
12pm departure – Water welcoming
1pm departure – Food Sovereignty
2pm departure – Moon Lodge Teachings
3pm departure – Welcoming Water Song
Sign-up at Registration Desk, Bus departs outside Coady Building
5:30 pm – 6:00 pmDinner Registration, Seating for Opening Ceremony and DinnerMcKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
6:00 pm – 10:00 pmOpening Ceremony and Dinner
Featuring Alumni Grand Entry, Honouring Mi’kmaq Territory, Mi’kmaq Entertainment
McKay Room, Bloomfield Centre

Saturday November 2

7:30 am – 8:00 amSmudging Ceremony and Tree DedicationCoady gardens, between two Coady buildings
7:30 am – 9:00 amBuffet BreakfastMarkin Complex (Coady West), Desmond and Dennis Hall
9:30 am – 10:30 amOpening Plenary – Indigenous Change LeadershipMcKenna Centre for Leadership (4th floor), Schwartz School of Business
10:30 am – 11:00 amCoffee/tea BreakMcNeil Gallery – Schwartz School of Business, 2nd floor
11:00 am – 12:30 pmParallel Sessions 
 Language, Culture and CeremonyCoady room 342
 Community Transitions, Governance and LeadershipMcKenna Centre 4th floor
 Professional Development (Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Transferable Skills and Work Ethics)Coady room 265 and Innovation Hub, room 271
 Women Rising (Self-care, Safety, Awareness)Coady room 242
12:30 pm – 2:00 pmLunch and NetworkingMarkin Complex (Coady West)
Desmond and Dennis Hall
2:00 pm – 3:30 pmPlenary:  Leadership Stories of ImpactMcKenna Centre for Leadership, 4th floor, Schwartz School of Business
3:30 pm – 3:45 pmCoffee/tea BreakMcKenna Centre 4th floor
4:00 pm – 5:30 pmKeynote Address – Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
This event is open to the public.
Schwartz Auditorium, 1st floor, Schwartz School of Business
6:00 pm – 9:00 pmDinner and Entertainment, featuring PEI Mi’kmaq Theatre GroupKeating Centre, Conference Rooms (2nd floor)

Sunday November 3

7:30am – 8:00amSmudging CeremonyCoady gardens, between Coady buildings
7:30am – 9:00amBuffet BreakfastMarkin Complex (Coady West), Desmond and Dennis Hall
8:30am – 10:30amIndigenous Women’s Leadership Alumni Marketplace (this event is open to the public) – featuring art and handicrafts for sale by Indigenous women leadersCoady Building, Main Foyer and Vegso Classroom (room 150)
10:30am – 12:30pmIndigenous Community Development “Masters Class”McKenna Centre 4th floor
12:30pm – 2:00pmBuffet Lunch
Markin Complex (Coady West), Desmond and Dennis Hall
2:00pm – 2:45pmPlenary: Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and GirlsMcKenna Centre, 4th floor
2:45pm – 3:30pmPlenary: Women’s Leadership Speed NetworkingMcKenna Centre, 4th floor
3:30pm – 3:45pmCoffee/tea BreakMcKenna Centre for Leadership, 4th floor, Schwartz School of Business
3:45pm – 5:15pmPlenary: Moving Forward – Our Collective ImpactMcKenna Centre for Leadership, 4th floor, Schwartz School of Business
6:00pm – 9:00pmClosing Dinner and Celebration
Featuring special acknowledgments and Award-winning singer Rhonda Head (IWCL 2018), open mic
Keating Centre, Conference Rooms (2nd floor)

Monday, November 4

7:30 am – 9:00 amContinental BreakfastMarkin Complex (Coady West), Desmond and Dennis Hall
9:00 amOptional Field Trip: Bus pick up to travel to PaqtnkekOutside Main Coady Building
9:30 amArrival at Paqtnkek, Program with community. Elder Judy Peters – Women’s RolesPaqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation, Community Centre
10:30 am – 10:45 amBreakPaqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation
10:45 pm – 12:00 pmDreamcatcher Activity with Angela LaffordPaqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch with Paqtnkek communityPaqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation
1:00 pmDepart Paqtnkek for return to Campus 
1:30 pmOn own and departures 


Andrea Curley
IWCL ALumni Gathering Event Coordinator

Victoria LaBillois Listuguj First Nation, QC

Master of Ceremonies

Victoria LaBillois
Listuguj, Quebec

Special Guests

Dr. Marie Delorme
Advisory Body Member and IWCL Senior Advisor, Calgary, AB

Chief Paul James (PJ) Prosper
Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation

Elder Mary (Hubba) Lafford
Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Mi’kmaq Territory and our Hosting Elder

Elder Mae Louise Campbell
Métis (Ontario)

Elder Ningwakwe George
Saugeen First Nation (Ontario)