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.

The Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Alumni Gathering 2019 is for graduates of Coady’s IWCL program, their mentors, Elders, and invited guests. Click here to register for the gathering.

Schedule of Events

Subject to change.

Friday, Nov. 1

12 – 5 p.m.  Registration
5:30 – 8 p.m. Opening and Dinner
8 p.m.Entertainment

Saturday, Nov. 2

8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.Session #1
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Workshop #1
12:30 – 2 p.m.Lunch
2 to 3:30 p.m.Session #2
4 to 5:30 p.m.Keynote Address*
6 to 7 p.m.Dinner
8 p.m.Entertainment

Sunday, Nov. 3

8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 – 10 a.m.Marketplace*
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Session #3
12:30 – 2 p.m. Lunch
2 – 3:30 p.m.Session #4
3:45 – 5 p.m.Session #5 
6 – 7 p.m.Dinner
8 p.m.Entertainment 

Monday, Nov. 4

8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Field trip in community
12 – 1 p.m. Lunch in the community
6 – 7 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Closing and Entertainment

* Event is a public event open to StFX and Antigonish area community


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 Jean Paul Prosper
Paqtnkek First Nation

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

Elder Mae Louise Campbell
Métis (Ontario)

Elder Ningwakwe George
Saugeen First Nation (Ontario)