“Ignite the Fire” Indigenous Studies Student Symposium, April 25, 2019

Ashley Richard
Ashley Richard will be the keynote speaker at the Ignite the Fire Indigenous Studies Student Symposium on April 25, 2019. (Photo credit: Red River College)

April 23, 2019—Over 300 secondary school students from seven schools will participate in a student symposium about Indigenous Studies.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
TIME: 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College, Belleville

Keynote speaker Ashley Richard (see below for more information) from Winnipeg, will engage students about becoming changemakers through empowerment.

Ignite the Fire will provide students with a better understanding and sense of empowerment to make positive change as learners and leaders. The goal of this event is to provide a forum for students and educators to learn and discuss:

  • What Indigenous perspective is and what it means
  • How everyone is a part of contemporary Indigenous issues
  • Teachings from multiple cultures and perspectives
  • Importance of relationships as we move toward reconciliation
  • How youth can become changemakers

Students will participate in workshops led by Indigenous presenters from several different Indigenous communities across Canada.

Workshop topics 

  • D.N.A. Culture Dance Presentation by Nimkii Oswamick
  • Mending the Net by Jaime Morse
  • A’nowara the Turtle, Turtle-back Teachings by Karihwawihson Joe Brown
  • My Residential School Experience by Bernard Nelson
  • Identity: Belonging and the Meaning of Self by Georgina Riel Anishinaabe
  • How to Be a Positive Role Model in Your Community by Michael Solomon
  • Indigenous Existence Through the Relationship of Water by Danka Brewer
  • Exploring Power and Privilege by Jodielynn Harrison


  • 8:55 to 9:00 a.m. Welcome in the Gym (off the Cafeteria)
  • 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Creating the Spark, Ashley Richard, Keynote Speaker
  • 10:10 to 11:10 a.m. Workshop sessions 1
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Workshop sessions 2
  • 1:25 to 2:00 p.m. Closing Celebration: Building for the Future

Background on Ashley Richard

Ashley Richard is a proud Indigenous woman who lives to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother, Mary Richard. Ashley is passionate about youth empowerment, especially Indigenous youth. Her personal story of empowerment was featured trice in Macleans magazine and other media publications. Ashley believes that sharing her story is a way to help inspire others. When she is not at community events, Ashley enjoys cooking, reading and taking care of her two Siamese cats, Taco and Armani.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Last updated: April 23, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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