Welcome and Land Acknowledgement by Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw
Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw (The Woman Who Walks In The Light) drum talk poetic rapologist; is a Haudenosaunee Mohawk/Mi'kmaw: poet, musician, hip-hop emcee and recording artist, arts educator, social change workshop facilitator, performance artist, keynote speaker, artist mentor, radio host, festival curator, Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact for the Toronto Centre for Community Development & Learning in Regent Park, and founding member of Red Slam, an Indigenous HipHop movement. Awe:ri is a KM Hunter OAC Literary Arts Award finalist, 2017 TD Diversity Arts Award Finalist, published in 7 literary anthologies. As a Toronto Arts Council Leadership Fellow and one of the New Faces of Feminism as named by the Canadian Labour Congress, Awe:ri utilizes such platforms to lead the charge of art for social change movements across Turtle Island, with a focus on access & equity for BIPOC & LGBTQ2S emerging artists.
Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau— Honoured Guest and Speaker
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is an engaged advocate for gender equality and a mother of three young children. During the past 15 years, she has been involved with a variety of causes, including teenage self-esteem, women and girls’ rights and freedoms, eating disorders, and mental health. Recipient of the 2013 UN Women National Committee Canada Recognition Award for her contribution to human rights, she was recently named as an influencer for the Deliver for Good campaign of Women Deliver. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has lent her support to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” initiative, FitSpirit Foundation and Parks Canada as Honourary Guide for Families.
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