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The Power of Your Story

Indigenous Women's 
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EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT

June 29, 2024

WELCOME!

INDIGENOUS WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT

The theme of our next event is "The Power of Your Story." Join us for a day of inspiration and empowerment!

You will gain tools needed to continue on your healing journey and learn essential life lessons through the power of storytelling.

Our speakers will leave you feeling confident to achieve major life goals and take control of your overall wellness.

We hope you can join us for this incredible event!

This event is open to all WOMEN IDENTIFIED INDIVIDUALS.

You do not have to be Indigenous to attend.

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June 29, 2024

RIVER CREE RESORT & CASINO, EDMONTON, AB

$300

WHAT TO EXPECT

A day filled with connection and EMPOWERMENT
Breakfast & Lunch Provided 

Inspirational Speakers & Entertainment

AGENDA

8:00am- Registration

8:15am- Breakfast

9:30am- Welcome and Opening Song

9:45am- Kendra Weenie

10:30am- Ice Breaker

10:45am- BREAK

11:15am- Michelle Nieviadomy

12:00pm- LUNCH - Singer Tammy Lamouche

1:30pm- Keynote- Brandi Morin

2:15pm- The Power of Your Story Panel- Kaleigh Aramenko, Martha Cardinal, Marisa Cardinal, Stephanie Harpe

3:05pm- BREAK- Light snacks provided

3:30pm- Elder Peter Nippi 

4:00pm- Closing Remarks and Closing Song

EVENT SPEAKERS & ENTERTAINMENT

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KENDRA WEENIE

Kendra Weenie is an award winning author, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator from Sweetgrass First Nation. She is a CBC Future 40 Award recipient and has been featured locally and provincially on International Women's Day. 

 

Kendra came from humble beginnings, but through sport and culture she was able to further her confidence, work ethic and sense of identity.

 

Kendra continues to share her story through keynotes and workshops in hopes of encouraging others to heal and promotes self-care and healing through her workshops geared towards trauma survivors.

 

In 2023 Kendra founded the Indigenous Women's Empowerment Summit, an inspiring event filled with storytelling, humour, resources for healing, and connection for women identified individuals. Although she has her own challenges as a single mother, she believes that true success comes from our ability to help others in need.

 

Her goal is to help you move forward in a healthy way.

Tammy Lamouche

Tammy Rae grew up in Whitefish Lake First Nation, a Cree community in Northern Alberta. Writing and singing her own music has always been a passion for Tammy Rae. Her sound is described as a soothing blend of contemporary soul and RnB.                                                                                

 

Tammy Rae rose to international renown for her unique ability to add needed finesse to songs. In 2012, she guested on Wildflower, a soul-stirring hit by Juno winner Nathan Cunningham. Dazzling on the track with her honest lyrics, Tammy coloured the song with her melting vocals, with the song bagging the number one spot on Indigenous Music Countdown. She was selected for Edmonton’s My United Way Voice Contest. Her brilliant display earned her a live performance at the NewCap radio stage and an on-air interview with Hot 107’s radio host Jake Ryan.

 

As a multidimensional creative, in 2020, Tammy Rae showcased one of her many talents. Bearing a passion for enlightening listeners through her music, she reprised Mariah Carey’s hugely popular holiday song, All I Want for Christmas Is You in the Cree language.

 

Ever-relatable and ready to brace yet another level of fame, Tammy Rae is, without question, who R&B heads should be checking for.

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Kaleigh River Aramenko

Kaleigh River Aramenko is from Ile a la Crosse, SK on Treaty 10 Territory. She is a Nēhiyaw Iskwēw who is adopted with maternal family ties in Sturgeon Lake and Wahpeton Dakota Nation in Saskatchewan. She is a survivor of Intimate Partner Violence who uses her social media platforms and poetry to raise awareness and is paving the way for other survivors to do the same. She is a mother, poet, up and coming author, and warrior woman.

Martha Cardinal

Martha Cardinal is a mother, grandmother, and cāpān (great grandmother), 60's scoop survivor, and fluent Cree educator. She has a Bachelor of Arts & Science Degree and a Diploma in Aboriginal Addiction and Cree Language Diploma. Martha is a retired Cree teacher but still continues to work part time. She is a child welfare advocate and child welfare board member. She is an active in presenter at youth cultural events and is often attending and participating in ceremony. Martha loves doing school and community presentations, participating in sharing circles, and engaging in personal development opportunities. She is best known for sharing her knowledge and wisdom based on personal experiences. 

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Marisa Cardinal

Marisa is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in the Treaty 6 territory of Alberta. She is the current Chair of the National Indigenous Diabetes Association (NIDA) and the past Co-chair of the Indigenous Science and Content with the National Diabetes Canada conference. She is currently working towards sharing her story on a national platform. Marisa has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She shares her story of living a life with Type 2 Diabetes as an Indigenous woman. It is her goal to create awareness of how Indigenous people face challenges when diagnosed with Diabetes and through perseverance you can manage a life with Diabetes. Her volunteer work and commitment to working with NIDA and Diabetes Canada has shown her dedication to creating awareness. It is her hope to help Indigenous and non-Indigenous people understand that a life of Diabetes can be a healthy one, with the right support and collaboration.

Michelle Nieviadomy

Michelle Nieviadomy is a member of Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan. While her roots are in Saskatchewan, she has called Edmonton home for over twenty years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and is currently in a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology program. 

 

Michelle Nieviadomy is a wellness advocate.  She has been in the fitness & wellness industry for over 15 years with her business Iskwew Health-promoting wellness Indigenously.  Along with being an entrepreneur, innovator, community builder and goal getter, she currently is Assistant Director of a community organization-Edmonton Native Healing Centre. 

 

She co founded Healing Her Homefire, a grassroots initiative providing community care, advocacy and education for the vulnerable community experiencing homelessness. She believes movement is medicine and connection is everything.  

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Brandi Morin

Keynote Speaker

Brandi Morin is an award-winning Cree/Iroquois/French multimedia journalist from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. Her work has appeared in various national and international outlets such as BBC World, Al Jazeera English, Nat Geo, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, the CBC, Indian Country Today Media Network and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, National News.

 

Brandi’s series about the genocide of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls with Al Jazeera English won a top prize in the Edward Murrow 2022 awards. She’s been honoured by Pen Canada, Amnesty International Canada, the Writers Union of Canada and most recently, the Hillman awards.  Her best-selling memoir, Our Voice of Fire: A Memoir of a Warrior Rising, was published in 2022. 

Stephanie Harpe

Stephanie Harpe is an International Grassroots Advocate for MMEIP Murdered or Missing and Exploited Indigenous People. She has traveled to 80 First Nations and 10 Metis Settlements. Stephanie has been a keynote speaker for the United Nation and has contributed and lead a Provincial Action Plan for The National Action Plan of Canada. She works with Fort Mckay First Nation and Missing Children's Society of Canada She is the daughter of a murdered mother and niece of Historical Chief Fort Mckay.

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Here’s what some of last year’s attendees had to say about the event…
“Congratulations on an amazing event. ❤️ I’ve been to many conferences & professional development seminars as an educator and todays experience really took it to the next level - incredible job!”
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Indigenous Women's Empowerment Summit 2023
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Photos by Breanna Kateri Photography

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