Henry Daniel (Keynote): is a professor in the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Technology (FCAT) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Professor of Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology, scholar, performer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Full Performing Bodies, Daniel’s research concentrates on strengthening notions of Practice-as-Research (PaR), Arts-based-Research, and Research/Creation in Canada. His impressive track record on the international scene has led and continues to lead to advances in cultural knowledge by bringing to bear the perspectives and skills of the artist/scholar.
Diana Day (Keynote): is an Indigenous First Nations from the Oneida Nation a member of the Wolf Clan and has lived in Vancouver since 1983. Diana is passionate about social justice issues that impact the health and welfare of the most vulnerable. Diana has an honours degree in Psychology and is the Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Women Rise, a program of the Pacific Association of First Nations Women. With exceptional facilitation skills Diana has provided personal and professional development training for Indigenous people in Canada and the US.
Stephen George Lytton: is an Aboriginal activist and one of the latest Canadians to receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. An accomplished actor, writer and presenter, Stephen Lytton has presented both in western and eastern Canada to various groups regarding his personal experiences in residential school.
Kombii Nanjalah:, local community and union organizer and activist. Kombii has served for six years as a shop steward with BCGEU Local 303 and she currently serves on the COPE Executive as a Member at Large. Kombii works as a Community Care Worker supporting mentally and physically challenged children at Pathway Community Services. She also works with the African Great Lakes Networking Foundation, focusing on youth empowerment through education, sports, and music.
Stephanie Allen: is a real estate development professional with over 14 years of experience building housing along the continuum in in the private and public sector in BC, Alberta, and Arizona. She is a certified Project Management Professional, and is currently completing her graduate degree in Urban Studies at SFU while working full time in non-profit housing development. Her research focuses on affordable housing practice and policy as means to address social issues facing cities, especially as it can be leveraged to advance marginalized communities. She brings her experiences as a Black women to her work and research in the hopes of dismantling systems of oppression.
Kelly White: is a native activist who has been fighting for native rights for 40 years. a former teacher and an organizer for a memorial for the missing and murdered women in Vancouver, White was one of the youngest participants in the Native People’s Caravan, a group of activists trekking to Ottawa from Vancouver to demand recognition and respect for aboriginal rights.
Irwin Oostindie: is a Dutch settler artist, parent, and graduate researcher living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. For three decades he has led local and international media, arts and social justice projects, and founded festivals, community radio, TV, print, web, and cultural space projects. In his curatorial and cultural planning work, he focuses on colonialism, redress, and cultural policy.