Friday Night Keynote Speakers 

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7:00 - 10:00PM


Treaty No. 6 Grand Chief Tony Alexis

Chief Alexis is a driven, dynamic, sought after business and cultural leader. A desire to make a difference, coupled with strong leadership skills has lead Tony to earn a number of accolades throughout his career. Chief Tony was first elected to council at his home community of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation when he was just 25 years old. He was appointed by former AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine to the National Youth Council, earned an Alberta Aboriginal Leadership award and has worked with Alberta chiefs through the former First Nation Resource Council. 

He was then elected Chief of Alexis Nakota in 2013 and enjoys serving his community, specializing in business and policy development. In 2015 he was appointed as Grand Chief of Treaty No. 6 during the Annual General Meeting of the Confederacy. He is also an internationally accomplished public speaker who is able to connect to people from all walks of life. Already possessing a natural ability to communicate, Chief Tony enjoys engaging others via storytelling, sharing insights and inspiring messages.  



Crystal Lameman

Crystal feels it is her obligation as a mother to protect her land, water, and ways of knowing and being for her children and future generations. Currently, Crystal is the Treaty Coordinator and Communications Manager for the Beaver Lake Cree Nation Intergovernmental Affairs and Industry Relations Department. Crystal resigned her position as the Tar Sands Program Coordinator for Sierra Club Canada and the Alberta Climate and Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Prairie Chapter in June 2015 to work directly for her nation, after holding those positions for 3 years. Crystal worked in partnership with the Indigenous Environmental Network and through that has participated in events with organizations like the Energy Action Coalition in Washington, DC.

Crystal utilizes her formal academia – 2 Year Social Work Diploma from Maskwacis Cultural College (2002), Bachelor of General Studies in Arts and Sciences from Athabasca University (2010), and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta (2012); but above all her Indigenous ways of knowing and being to articulate the impacts of the direct exploitation of the oil sands on her core traditional territory. Crystal speaks extensively on the Inherent and Treaty Rights of her people, whilst addressing the environmental racism the Government of Canada and the Provincial Government of Alberta imposes on First Nations people in the name of resource extraction.

Finally, Crystal received the 2013 Global Exchange Human Rights and Social Justice Award, she was a recipient of the Knowing Our Spirits 2002 Aboriginal Youth Role Model Award, and received the Amisk Community School 2000 Youth Role Model Award. Crystal has keynoted extensively, among some of the keynotes are PowerShift 2012 in Ottawa, ON – 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA – 2013 in Victoria, BC – 2014 in Halifax, NS and most recently the Environmental Grantmakers Association in Mohonk, NY. She has been a guest lecturer in many Colleges and Universities throughout North America and Europe and has written articles for online media like Rabble, including a chapter in the book A Line in the Tar Sands.



Andrew Nikiforuk

For more than three decades Andrew Nikiforuk has written about energy, economics and the West for a variety of Canadian publications including the Walrus, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, Chatelaine, Georgia Straight, Equinox and Harrowsmith.

In the late 1990s, he investigated the social and ecological impacts of intensive livestock industries and the legacy of northern uranium mining for the Calgary Herald. His public policy position papers on water diversion in the Great Lakes (2004) and water, energy and North American integration (2007) for the Program on Water Issues at the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre sparked both discussion and reform.

Nikiforuk’s journalism has won seven National Magazine Awards since 1989 and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists. His dramatic Alberta based-book, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction in 2002 and has recently been re-issued by Greystone Books with an introduction by Chris Hedges. Pandemonium, which exposes the impact of global trade on disease exchanges, received widespread national acclaim. 


Saturday Night Keynote Speakers

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7:00 - 10:00PM


Tasha Spillet

Tasha Spillett is Nehiyaw and Trinidadian. She is an Indigenous educator, currently teaching in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, and in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Tasha has a Master’s degree in Indigenous Land-Based Education through the University of Saskatchewan. In her work as an educator, Tasha calls on Indigenous traditional knowledge as a framework for teaching methodology and pedagogy. Tasha is beginning her doctoral studies in International Indigenous Land Based Education. 



Dana Tizya-Tramm

Dana was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to a Vuntut Gwitchin mother and a father first generation outside of Germany. The middle child of 3 he grew up loving his bicycle and greenbelts catching frogs in a picturesque house under short hot summers, and the long cold winters of northern Canada. Things took a sharp turn when his parents suddenly split at the age of 8, a new life began in the ruins of the only life he had known. Steeped in alcoholism, new men, and family fights, confusion and anger became a way of life for himself and his siblings. By the age of 13 he had been exposed to the deaths of his grandparents and the suicide of his stepfather. At this age he was already using cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana among other drugs; robbing, stealing, and dealing to support his habits. Violence became a daily reality of his home and school life. A run away with the local R.C.M.P.’s investigations leading them in search of the troubled youth, he escaped to Vancouver. After one year he returned, sucked back into his old struggles to make sense of his broken world.

Now in his late 20’s he is a survivor of over-doses, suicide, depression, addictions, and childhood abuse. Clean and living strong in his traditional territory 80 miles north of the arctic circle, in the small fly-in community of Old Crow, Yukon, Dana now spends his time split between working with youth at the local school, two youth organizations, and out on the land in his wall tent where he feels most at home. From a child in between two worlds, he is now learning to become the bridge between them, connecting western best practices with Indigenous ways of knowing. He is learning to put down his weapons, and to pick up his medicines as he now walks the path set out by his ancestors so long ago.



Caleb Behn

Caleb Behn is a young, indigenous warrior fighting to save his people’s land and culture. Deep in the exquisite wilderness of northeastern British Columbia, the ancestral territory of Caleb’s Dene people, the multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry emits fossil fuels and cancer-causing chemicals, harming the environment and threatening human health. Though adept with a high-powered rifle and throwing knife for hunting, a vital part of his culture, Caleb needs stronger weapons to battle Big Oil and Gas – which is why he decided to get his law degree. Now, with his Mohawk, tattoos and three-piece suit, Caleb is equally comfortable hunting moose on his land as he is taking on industry in corporate boardrooms and the courts.  



Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. She has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for the past 15 years. Melina has studied and worked in Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and Canada focusing on resource extraction, media literacy and Indigenous rights & responsibilities. She has produced short documentaries, researched, and worked on topics ranging from the tar sands, land protection, water issues and cultural appropriation.

For the past 9 years Melina has worked against tar sands expansion as a Climate & Energy campaigner with Greenpeace in Alberta as well as with the Indigenous Environmental Network internationally. Melina has also been vocal on the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada after the suspicious death of her sister Bella whose case still remains unsolved. Melina recently finished her Masters degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy in First Nation communities. This past summer Melina completed a 20.8kW solar installation in her home community of Little Buffalo in the heart of the tar sands.

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