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 pm Registration Coady Building Foyer
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Beach 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 pm Dinner Registration, Seating for Opening Ceremony and Dinner McKay Room, Bloomfield Centre
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Opening 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 am Smudging Ceremony and Tree Dedication Coady gardens, between two Coady buildings
7:30 am – 9:00 am Buffet Breakfast Markin Complex (Coady West), Desmond and Dennis Hall
9:30 am – 10:30 am Opening Plenary – Indigenous Change Leadership McKenna Centre for Leadership (4th floor), Schwartz School of Business
10:30 am – 11:00 am Coffee/tea Break McNeil Gallery – Schwartz School of Business, 2nd floor
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Parallel Sessions  
  Language, Culture and Ceremony Coady room 342
  Community Transitions, Governance and Leadership McKenna 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 pm Lunch and Networking Markin Complex (Coady West)
Desmond and Dennis Hall
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Plenary:  Leadership Stories of Impact McKenna Centre for Leadership, 4th floor, Schwartz School of Business
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Coffee/tea Break McKenna Centre 4th floor
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Keynote 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 pm Dinner and Entertainment, featuring PEI Mi’kmaq Theatre Group Keating Centre, Conference Rooms (2nd floor)

Sunday November 3

7:30am – 8:00am Smudging Ceremony Coady gardens, between Coady buildings
7:30am – 9:00am Buffet Breakfast Markin Complex (Coady West), Desmond and Dennis Hall
8:30am – 10:30am Indigenous Women’s Leadership Alumni Marketplace (this event is open to the public) – featuring art and handicrafts for sale by Indigenous women leaders Coady Building, Main Foyer and Vegso Classroom (room 150)
10:30am – 12:30pm Indigenous Community Development “Masters Class” McKenna Centre 4th floor
12:30pm – 2:00pm Buffet Lunch
Markin Complex (Coady West), Desmond and Dennis Hall
2:00pm – 2:45pm Plenary: Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls McKenna Centre, 4th floor
2:45pm – 3:30pm Plenary: Women’s Leadership Speed Networking McKenna Centre, 4th floor
3:30pm – 3:45pm Coffee/tea Break McKenna Centre for Leadership, 4th floor, Schwartz School of Business
3:45pm – 5:15pm Plenary: Moving Forward – Our Collective Impact McKenna Centre for Leadership, 4th floor, Schwartz School of Business
6:00pm – 9:00pm Closing 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 am Continental Breakfast Markin Complex (Coady West), Desmond and Dennis Hall
9:00 am Optional Field Trip: Bus pick up to travel to Paqtnkek Outside Main Coady Building
9:30 am Arrival at Paqtnkek, Program with community. Elder Judy Peters – Women’s Roles Paqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation, Community Centre
10:30 am – 10:45 am Break Paqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation
10:45 pm – 12:00 pm Dreamcatcher Activity with Angela Lafford Paqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch with Paqtnkek community Paqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation
1:00 pm Depart Paqtnkek for return to Campus  
1:30 pm On 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)