Sarah Midanik is the President and CEO of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), a national charity that seeks to improve the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Sarah is passionate about the restoration of Indigenous presence in Canadian places and spaces, previously working as the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Place Making Council, and now supporting Indigenous placemaking with the DWF Legacy Spaces program. https://downiewenjack.ca/
Sarah will be speaking on the Legacy Space program, Indigenous place making, and how they serve to further reconciliation.
Kateri Lucier-Laboucan is a status member of the Little Red River Cree Nation in Northern Alberta. She is passionate about improving housing conditions amongst Indigenous communities and asserting Indigenous presence through place making. While working at Brook McIlroy’s Indigenous Design Studio as an architectural designer, her key experience includes the design for the Awen’ Indigenous Gathering Place in Collingwood, the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto, and the Indigenous Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Toronto.
Cal is an architect, urban designer and planner and co-founder of Brook McIlroy, an architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and urban planning practice. A key focus of his practice is through collaborations with the firm’s Indigenous architects and interns through the Indigenous Design Studio. Brook McIlroy is the first architectural and planning practice in Canada certified under CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. https://brookmcilroy.com/
Kateri and Cal will present some recent projects that aspire to restore Indigenous presence in the fabric of our communities – creating places where people of all backgrounds can find common ground to address truth and reconciliation.