Spirit Bear Dialogues: Honouring Indigenous Resilience and Resistance

October 8, 2019

The authors of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls emphasize that acts of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people have always been “sites of resistance, agency, and expertise” (page 595).

How can we honour the resilience, resistance, agency and expertise of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people in our efforts to address sexual violence?

In this Spirit Bear Dialogue, we will discuss the historical roots of Reclaiming Power and Place and how we can respond to the report’s Calls for Justice within a post-secondary context and in our everyday lives.


Eriel Tchekwie Deranger

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Dënesųłiné woman (ts'ékui), member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and mother of two, coming from a family of Indigenous rights advocates fighting for the recognition, sovereignty and autonomy of their Indigenous lands and territory in what is now known as Treaty 8, Canada. Deranger is the Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) - an Indigenous-led climate justice organization working to empower communities and inspire Indigenous-led climate solutions. Deranger has written for the Guardian, Yellowhead Institute, The National Observer, Red Pepper Magazine, been featured in documentary films including Elemental (2012), and been interviewed for national and international media outlets including Democracy Now!, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and CBC.

Amber Dion

Amber Dion, nehiyaw iskwew from the Kehewin Cree Nation, is a mother of two daughters. She is an Assistant Professor with MacEwan University, School of Social Work. Prior to her academic career, Amber practiced as a Social Worker in her home community and within surrounding First Nations. Amber is a daughter of a Residential School Survivor. Her life’s work is creating good relationships, safe spaces for Indigenous visibility, and the resurgence of Indigenous ways of knowing/doing/being.

Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse

Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse is Cree, Mohawk & Metis and she is a member of the Michel First Nation. She is the founder and co-owner of Miyo-Pimatisiwin Productions, she is also a co-producer and broadcaster of the award-winning Indigenous issues radio program ACIMOWIN. Jodi is on the board of directors for Turtle Island Institute, a National Indigenous Social Innovation Lab and she is also a steward with the Edmonton Shift Lab, a social innovation project currently exploring "how might we create better anti-racism interventions that acknowledge everyone's humanity and create behavior change?" Her work is dedicated to uplifting Indigenous realities and committed to help improve the realities of marginalized Indigenous youth.

Mallory Yawnghwe

Mallory Yawnghwe, is a Nehiyaw Iskwew from Jackson family of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in North Eastern Alberta. An aspiring social entrepreneur, she has been involved in various community projects throughout the years, most recently being a part of the logistics committee for Edmonton Folk Music Festival’s Indigenous Peoples Experience and the Coady Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program alumni gathering. In 2018, Mallory graduated from the Bachelor of Commerce program with a major in Supply Chain Management and following her interest with inter-provincial trade, she chose to focus her career in public procurement and currently works as a Project Procurement Specialist with Alberta Infrastructure. She loves baking gingerbread, spending time outdoors and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with her daughters and husband.

ahcâhk maskwa osihcikêwina – Spirit Bear Dialogues explores Indigenous truths, history, culture and ways of knowing and being throughout the year with educational opportunities that engages community. Participants are invited to engage in discussion and come together as a community to build on respectful relationships and creating safe spaces for Indigenous education and learning.

This event is part of MacEwan’s third annual Sexual Violence Awareness Week and is hosted by kihêw waciston, OSVPER and the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton.

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Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton


Event Details

Date October 8, 2019
Start Time 6:00 p.m.
End Time 8:00 p.m.
Location Kule Lecture Theatre
Room 9-323
Robbins Health Learning Centre
10910 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation
Contact Person Roslyn Cardinal
Contact Phone 780-497-5382
Contact Email cardinalr25@macewan.ca
Event Website Visit Site