COVID 1000 and Beyond: Welcome and Introduction


  • Alexandra Cropp—Senior Operations Manager, Mokwateh, Winnipeg
  • Steve DeRoy—Director, The Firelight Group, Vancouver


A roundup of the most compelling ideas, themes and quotes from this candid conversation

1. Indigenous placemaking must be Indigenous-led and centred 

Alexandra Cropp from Mokwateh stressed the importance of incorporating Indigenous people and Indigenous knowledge at each phase of the design and planning of placemaking and city-building projects. It is not sufficient to merely consult with Indigenous groups, but to ensure that Indigenous communities are co-creators and are empowered to lead placemaking pursuits as well. This process also includes valuing the unique Indigenous perspectives on urban design, including oral histories, which have been historically disregarded.  

2. We must know our history and act on it.  

Steve DeRoy, CUI Board Member and Co-Founder of the Firelight Group called upon the audience to research, read, and implement the recommendations and imperatives found in previous reports on the rights and reparations due to Indigenous peoples. He called upon the audience to implement the 46 articles in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee of Canada, and cited the histories behind each document. We must also investigate the 440 recommendations called for in the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples report from 1996, and the 231 Calls for Justice from the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women in 2019.  

 3. Moving beyond land acknowledgements to action.  

While land acknowledgements show a respect for Indigenous peoples, they also tend to oversimplify complicated histories and not show due recognition to the ongoing impacts of colonization. The time for mere land acknowledgements has passed, and it is time to do the work. In addition to acting on the existing literature, as mentioned above, we must also give land back to Indigenous peoples and invest in and support Indigenous economies. Our corporate institutions must support Indigenous procurement through their supply chains, and our financial institutions must support the building of equity in Indigenous communities. The way forward is with open ears and hearts and taking the feedback of Indigenous peoples into account at every step.  

Full Panel

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[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:00:09
Hi! Everybody! It’s Mary Rowe, from the Canadian Urban Institute, so pleased to have you joining us for what is going to be a a marathon, it’s like an Urban Telephone. Is what I’ve.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:00:20
Been describing it as we have hundreds of people joining online and of course, as you know, it’s going to take a few minutes for people to be able to log on and zoom, bless their hearts change some of the technical requirements, and so apologies, in advance, for those of you who

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:00:34
like me that had a hell of a time trying to actually get yourself registered, and on.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:00:37
So we’re going to be forgiving in that way, obviously that it some people are getting on quickly.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:00:41
Other people, not so much, but the benefit of a four-hour program is that eventually people will find their way to this channel, I’m in Toronto and I want to bring you greetings.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:00:52
From all the folks that are engaged in this process across the country, and particularly for us.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:00:56
To think about the ancestral territories and traditions and the continuing ongoing Challenge.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:01:02
We had around truth and reconciliation, and so rather than doing a standard land acknowledgement, and we’ve asked 2 of our colleagues to come on and set us, off in the right tone, here in terms, of how do we actually begin this reflection, in a way

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:01:18
That is reflected by indigenous realities, indigenous history, indigenous traditions, and so i’m very pleased to have Alexander Crop joining us who is with Mcquate as She’s She’ll tell you who where She’s from She’s, a great Colleague, for us and We’re Developing programs, together, and Steve

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:01:35
Der roy who always inspires me with those guitars behind him.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:01:39
Steve, who is the senior well, he’s actually the director he’s the Pupa of the Far Fire Light Group, just recently recognized with an important award about his Contributions, which we are very Proud of Steven Steve Actually Sits on the Cui Board, so Thanks Youtube for Joining

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:01:56
Us just before you. Start. I’m just going to do a couple of housekeeping things.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:01:59
As I suggested, so it’s a process to get people registered and get them on.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:02:04
The good thing, as you guys know, is we, record these, sessions.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:02:07
We post them, people watch them again and again, on a Saturday night.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:02:11
When you’re kind of low you haven’t got much to do.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:02:14
You can watch one of these sessions, the chat is a really vibrant parallel.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:02:17
Universe, and we encourage everybody that’s coming on to enjoy that with us, and engage in those conversations, and as you all know, we publish the chat, so what goes in the chat stays in the chat, and and this, is really the beginning as we always, say at city, talk this is the beginning of

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:02:33
An ongoing conversation. And today is unbelievably covid, 1,000.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:02:39
So I’m going to pass to my my colleagues, for them to give us some reflection.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:02:45
A 1,000 Doesn’t Deter, these 2. And I think Alex, you’re going first, am I right and thank for joining us.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:02:50
On city talk. We’re going to be on the clock, very religiously, this for the next 4 h to get as many people on as we can and I really really appreciate you 2 setting us, off, on the right foot so over to you Alex

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:00
Thanks, Mary, good morning, everyone. I’m incredibly excited to be here.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:05
So thank you for letting me join you in this important conversation.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:09
My name is Alexander Crock, I’m from Norway house, Pre.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:12
Nation. So I’m from Manitoba, I recently relocated to Toronto back in July.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:18
I had the honor and privilege actually being able to work for my community.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:21
So after I finished post second education, I did some traveling as many do.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:26
I was then able to seek employment with my community, and so I was able to really lead a large health division so Kind of Managing, a large Budget there as Well as our Staff Incorporating Key Programs, such as Jordan’s, principle other Areas, that Really Kind of Impact our

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:40
Health, and our Community Members, I also was able to then pivot over to leading a large capital infrastructure project in Norway House.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:48
So we were replacing one of the room, remaining 2 Existing Indian Hospitals Left in Canada.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:03:53
So I think most may be aware, but within the residential school system there are also a lot of Indian hospitals keeping us segregated, keeping us up in the north of our communities, and so with that there is a dark history, and as well, as some unfortunate realities that happened within the hospital, so

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:04:10
I was able to help work with my community and replace that facility.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:04:14
So they’re in the process of doing so the community has been integral to that process, which I think, is some key learnings that we can take as we look to those next 1,000 days.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:04:23
Post Covid and how to really make sure that we’re actually including indigenous people in the conversation?

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:04:27
Yeah, and then I think a little bit more, but myself is that I have since we located Mary is slowly helping me learn the city.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:04:34
Take take me to different places, getting me kind of Oriented, and I’m Incredibly fortunate to be here, because in my role as Senior Manager of Operations, at Moquotee, We really Want To find ways, that We’re Supporting our community our kind of Genesis is

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:04:46
Supporting government, industry, and community and building meaningful relationships with partnerships.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:04:52
So what that means to us is just making sure that we’re not just checking off a boxing yes, we’ve done our consultation process.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:04:56
But actually, including our indigenous peoples in that process, and then empowering them with the tools to then leave their own economic development, meetings, leave their own partnerships, so that they are the one driving that process, so as a newer my name is Alexander Crop, my given name, is

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:05:12
Vanessa, is slogan, as you and I’m just gonna kind of touch on some of my perspective, from Q, and a based learning from COVID-19 Kind of what I hope that we can kind of do as a group moving forward and then I’m gonna leave it to all of you amazing people

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:05:24
To kind of leave that if you will, yeah, so I’ll just kind of jump into my notes, as somebody may not know I do love notes.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:05:31
So I like to follow through with them Here we are, covid.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:05:34
19 it’s really transformed the way we live. Our lives.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:05:37
An example Being. We are now sitting individually in our own homes or offices connecting here today, and one thing, that’s really been kind of an unfortunate byproduct of COVID-19 among many is that it’s further amplified our disproportionate, Impacts for

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:05:51
Indigenous peoples, and how we face our day to day Lives in Canada, not only respect to our access to Housing, clean Water Education, Health community Based economic development, opportunities, and our presence at the Policy making table well, we continue to Make our Shift online Platforms, we were Unable to do so because

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:06:08
of our lack of access to reliable connectivity. So as you may know, after we kind of leave those city Centers, Connectivity really Drops and it makes it very difficult for our community members in our people to just kind of participate in the economy so as we returned home, Seeking, safe shelter.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:06:23
personal connections, as well as taking care of our family, and loved ones during the pandemic, we inadvertently, gave up our ability to continue with some employment opportunities and bigger cities, we gave up our access to Education sometimes in some of our relationships and now I recognize that that’s not solely, an

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:06:40
indigenous Result, or digitize focused loss. If you will.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:06:44
But our homes and community are typically so far away. Mine not from my house room, because in 8 and a half hour drive a six-hour drive on the Winter road, and possibly a 2.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:06:52
-hour flight on a very Dodgy Metro plane going up north, and that’s if there’s no complications, so it really ended up leaving us out of that conversation, as it relates to finding solutions for our people and relying on others to make those decisions, on our behalf not

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:07:06
only for our safety, during the Pandemic, but also how we’re actually gonna move about and kind of support, the if you will Canada and those areas, as I know that I’m a new Resident in Toronto and I’m Constantly Searching for my Indigenous Presence

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:07:19
here, in Manitoba I knew exactly where to go I knew where to get my bad, if anywhere, to get my herbs.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:07:26
I knew where to Access Indigenous Base, COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing I really kind of knew where to do?

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:07:30
That here in Toronto I’m slowly kind of finding that way.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:07:33
And that’s what’s great about the partnership with cui is that they’re really kind of focusing on how do we bring back that indigenous presence not only in toronto but other cities, and then how do we support those indigenous communities, in their own

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:07:45
prosperity and their own economic development. So with that what do we need to do for the next 1,000 days coming forward and how are we kind of really gonna make sure that we’re finding a place for all in our communities and especially when we’re away from our home so as I assume many of you are

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:08:00
aware and I know that we have some strong leaders here today is that historically, the living of our cities, neighborhoods and Tunis, and homes are done so with no to little to no indigenous participation our built environments have predominantly been through a settler lens, contributing to

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:08:15
the invisibility of indigenous people and minimizing our Cultural Presence and Influence Us on those spaces.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:08:21
And so this is why indigenous place making is still important, because we can empower our herb inhabitants in their cultural representation through the events of projects and initiatives that promote that truth in reconciliation efforts so kind of going beyond as I noted that check

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:08:34
Off so that tokenism and truly incorporating indigenous peoples and our knowledge, not only through the Required consultation process, but through each phase of the Design and Planning Process, to participation and Dare I say leading at 1 point of also Promoting Indigenous

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:08:50
Workforce is meant to build the vision of that long-term sustainable operations of any facility and kind, of Just making, sure that indigenous people are at the Forefront as we move Forward really Strengthening our Connections and Increasing Visible Presence Encouraging Natural Dialogue and

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:09:05
Safe, and open opportunities for those who wish to learn

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:09:10
I am really a strong believer, that there’s, we can’t shame people who ask certain questions.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:09:14
There really is no stupid question or no dumb question in life, I think as an indigenous person.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:09:18
It’s my my role and I, in my role in society, is my friendships, to make sure that I’m continuing to support my friends, family, and strangers at actually do want to learn because ultimately the only way that they’re going to learn is that if we work, together, to understand there are

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:09:32
Different backgrounds, or different perspectives, and how can we kind of come, to somewhat of a resolution together?

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:09:37
Whether it be the same, but we’re all kind of focusing on supporting society.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:09:40
So really, also, just kind of creating that space, that both physical and in policy development, so enabling our youth and indigenous leaders to not only have that connection to our teachings and knowledge, but allowing them to opportunity to share this knowledge with everyone here today, of course, as well, as others that we meet along every

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:09:57
Day offering those unique, indigenous perspectives and approaches to urban design that has rarely been achieved in the contact of from contemporary cloningism so really my kind of 2 Cents, if you will moving forward and what I learned with helping the Development of the No.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:10:13
Norway Host Nation Health Center of Excellence is Just having indigenous people, present.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:10:17
We are typically a spoken community. We kind of talk through histories and lessons.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:10:21
And stories. And I think there’s a lot to learn from there, so just having the patience and just making sure that you’re coming with open ears and ready to kind of learn and i’ll not be offended, when you’ve been informed that maybe this is a different practice or recommending

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:10:34
a different approach to the next, type. You engage in that some you may, engage with indigenous people’s communities, or whatever that may be.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:10:42
Yeah, so that’s kind of my 2 cents.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:10:44
I hope that was somewhat important of informative my apologies.

[Alexandra Cropp] 11:10:48
I also do talk quite fast, and I wish you all the best, and I’ll hand it back to Mary, and then Steve

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:10:53
I can pass right over to Steve Alexandra thank you.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:10:55
Thank you for sharing your experience, and I should just say that you know this is these are my colleagues who said a land acknowledgment doesn’t.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:11:02
Cut it. You’ve got to have something much more substantive to start off this this thousand-day. Event. So that’s why, we’re very appreciative, that both of you are taking time thanks alexandra over to you steve

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:11:12
Okay, Bojo, blue Water, Drop Man and Vishnikaz, Steve, and digital cause Evan flow first Nation, lake, Manitoba, first, nation, and Treaty to and Denjaba, basically, I’ve, said, Hello, my name, is blue Water Drum, Men, people Call Me Steve, and I’m from

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:11:32
the ebb and flow first nation and like man, a couple of first Nations in Treaty 2, territory. I’m speaking to you today, from the Slave Tooth Nation in North Vancouver British Columbia and I walk between 2 Worlds, one Is the Ceremonial World where

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:11:46
I I I do ceremonies and sundance, and then I have a a professional space where I’m I work.

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:11:53
I have a company called the Firelight Group, and we do work with indigenous communities from coast to coast, and and as Mary said while like acknowledgments Do Show a Recognition and Respect for Indigenous People’s they also tend to Oversimplify the complex

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:12:09
Histories of indigenous peoples, and fail to recognize the ongoing impacts of colonization that continues today.

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:12:15
So I’ve been asked to give a bit of perspective on land acknowledgments and so I I ask that you take the following actions to cultivate strong relationships with indigenous peoples in your work as you move, forward today, and i’ve got a few stories I’m

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:12:32
Gonna tell as I do this in a in a, in an educational way,

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:12:36
But first number one, I would suggest the first action, be give land back to indigenous Peoples.

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:12:43
In 1,982, the Working group on Indigenous Populations was established by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Jose, our Martinez Coco led a Study about the Systematic Discrimination, of Indigenous People’s, Worldwide, It’s, from

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:12:56
This study, that the working group on Indigenous Populations began to draft a declaration of indigenous rights in 1,985, based on Consultations with Indigenous, Representatives from around the World the working Group Submitted their first Draft in 1,900 and

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:13:11
94, and with the Formation of United Nations, Human Rights, Council in 2,006, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted in 2,007 Undrip, Deals, with a wide Spectrum of Indigenous, rights and Contains, 46 Articles as a

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:13:27
Standard of achievement to be pursued. I call on you today to work towards implementing the 46 Particles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 3 in the Summer of 1990 A 78 Day Standoff Known as the Oca Crisis Occurred between Kanisataki

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:13:45
Protesters, Quebec Police, the Rcmp and the Canadian Army.

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:13:49
As a result, the Federal Government established, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1,991 extensive Research, and community Consultations Focused on the historical and contemporary Relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada and had

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:14:03
4 theme areas, governance, land and economy social and cultural issues and the North the Resulting 5 Volume Report was released in 1,900, and 96 and Concluded the Need for a complete restructuring of the Relationship between Indigenous and Non-indigenous Peoples, in Canada

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:14:21
and contain 440 recommendations up for how to do so I call on you today to work towards implementing the 400, and 40 recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 4, in 2,007 the Indian Residential School Settlement, Agreement the Largest Class Action

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:14:38
Settlement, in Canadian history, was finalized one of the Elements of the agreement was to establish the truth and reconciliation commission of Canada to help Foster, reconciliation amongst former Students their Families, their communities and all of Canada from 2,000, and 7 to 2,000, and 15 the

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:14:55
Trc documented experiences from over 6,500 witnesses.

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:14:58
The Findings from this effort formed a multi-volume, Report, which included 94, calls to Actions Or Recommendations to Further Reconciliation between Canadians, and Indigenous peoples, I Call on you today, to Youtube today, to Work towards implementing the 94 calls to Action of the

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:15:16
truth, and Reconciliation, Commission of Canada 5, in 2,004, yeah, I’m Just the International Released to report called still and Sisters, a Human Rights response to Discrimination and Violence, Against Indigenous Women, in Canada due to the Apalling number of Indigenous Women Who

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:15:33
are victims of racialized and sexualized violence.

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:15:37
The Native Women’s Association of Canada Carried out Research and provided awareness about violence against Indigenous Women and Launched the Sisters and Spirit Initiative from their Research, they Developed a National Database to Track Cases of Violence against Indigenous Women and Released A Report Entitled

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:15:52
what their stories, tell us, research, findings from the sisters and Spirit initiative, the legal Strategy, Coalition, on the Violence against Indigenous Women was formed in 2,000 and 14, and They Released a Report with Over 700 Recommendations, and calls to Action in 2,000, and 14 the Commissioner of

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:16:09
the Royal Canadian Mountain Police Released Missing and murdered in Aboriginal Women, a national operational overview, which documented 1,081 1,180.

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:16:20
One people, from 1980 to 2,012 and later added an additional 11 Indigenous Women, who were missing in 2,015.

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:16:29
The Canadian Government launched the National public Inquiry and in 2,019 inquiries, final report, Titled, reclaiming power in place was released more than 2,380 people participated in the national inquiry, including testimonies, public Hearings.

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:16:45
And Evidence Gathering efforts and the report contained 231, individual, Legal Imperatives, or Calls for justice, for Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2 Spirit Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender Queer Questioning, Intersects in the Asexual People, I

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:17:02
Call on you to work towards implementing the 231 calls for justice from the national Inquiring to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and 6 Invest in and Support and Indigenous Economies, this Requires Corporate Canada to Adjust their Supply, Chains and Develop

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:17:20
Indigenous Procurement strategies. It also requires financial institutions to reduce barriers for accessing financing capacity, building with indigenous peoples, will promote strong investment and equity opportunities, as well as a strong economic relationship with indigenous peoples so with that

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:17:36
I say, enough with the land acknowledgments please go do the work

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:17:42
Indeed, indeed, thank you, Steve, I mean I kept a list of this, and you know it’s 14.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:17:48
It’s like 2,000 particular actions. That take I’m I’m appreciating there, probably some duplications, but still as you say, and as we always try to remind ourselves.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:17:56
City building is not for the faint of heart, and that the work is never over you know we always have things that we need to be continuing to work on.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:18:03
And as you suggested it’s not like we don’t know what we need.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:18:05
To be doing in this particular domain of how we actually indigenize our cities, and put ourselves into proper right relationships, so I appreciate both of You, coming on Alexandra, and Steve and setting us into this path, for the next several hours when we think about the next 1,000 days and how do we what do we

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:18:24
Need, to recommit to and we’re gonna dig around and hopefully find the list.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:18:29
Steve, because I know you’ve gone through those 6 items before the Board, and Hopefully we’ll be able to post them.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:18:32
If not. Folks will, we will post them on the website, Subsequently and as as I’ve said these sessions, all recorded so you’ll be able to hear more again, Alexandra’s a very, personal experience and we look forward to working continue to work.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:18:46
With both of you on this process, that cuis is part of an and all of these city builders across the country, thanks you, too, for Coming on and getting us started.

[Mary W Rowe, she/her, CUI/IUC] 11:18:53
I appreciate it. I hope you’ll stay on. If you can and I look forward to when we next to cross paths, thanks

[Steve DeRoy (he/him)] 11:18:58



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10:54:29 From Nick Hanson (CUI) To Everyone:
Welcome everyone to COVID 1000 and Beyond: Building Better Cities for a Robust Recovery!
11:01:16 From Alex Tabascio (CUI) To Everyone:
Alexandra Cropp — Senior Operations Manager, Mokwateh, Winnipeg Alexandra Cropp is a proud First Nations woman from Norway House Cree Nation who is committed to advancing Indigenous women’s rights and has been working to support the prosperity of Indigenous communities since 2008. She was instrumental in the development of the Norway House Cree Nation’s Health Centre of Excellence as well as the Jordan’s Principle program which now supports over 500 children and youth from the community –ensuring children on-reserve and off-reserve have access to equitable health care. In addition to developing new and innovative approaches to community-based project management through self-devolution and self-governance, she has partnered with Industry leaders to identify long-term sustainable strategies to enhance Indigenous participation and capacity building through capital projects and health transformation initiatives.
11:01:35 From Alex Tabascio (CUI) To Everyone:
Steve DeRoy — Director, The Firelight Group, Vancouver Steve DeRoy is from the buffalo clan, is Anishinaabe/Saulteaux and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation from Manitoba. He is the co-founder and director of the Firelight Group and founded the annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop. He is an award-winning Anishinaabe professional and entrepreneur with expertise in mapping and geographic information sciences, business development, natural resources management, and project management. He has applied his expertise to lead traditional knowledge and use studies for numerous Indigenous groups affected by large-scale energy developments. Since 1998, Steve has mentored Indigenous practitioners, conducted risk assessments, built decision-support systems and monitoring tools, supported land claims, developed best practices, established consultation processes, facilitated community engagement and planning approaches, and supported negotiations between Indigenous communities, governments and industries.
11:03:37 From Nick Hanson (CUI) To Everyone:
We invite you to introduce yourself in the chat, along with where you are joining us from today.
11:04:59 From Heart of Orléans To All Panelists:
Rita Chalabi Heart of Orleans BIA
11:09:03 From Kate Graham, PhD To Everyone:
Good morning! Kate here from lovely London, Ontario. Excited for this important conversation today.
11:09:21 From Clare Warner To Everyone:
Clare Warner here – joining from Downtown Vancouver on the traditional and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Watuth people.
11:10:46 From Charles Ketchabaw To Everyone:
Charles Ketchabaw here – joining from Toronto. Really excited for the engaging line-up of the day
11:11:18 From Nick Hanson (CUI) To Everyone:
Last week, Steve DeRoy was a winner of the Premier’s Awards for college graduates! He was recognized for excellence in the technology category.
11:12:21 From Carolyn Whitzman To Everyone:
Carolyn Whitzman from the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Algonquin Anishnawbe people, colonially known as Ottawa. Happy to be here and hear great insights!
11:12:25 From Robin McPherson To Everyone:
Joining from St. Catharines – the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe.
11:13:37 From LOCO BC To All Panelists:
Hi all. Amy from LOCO BC joining from the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, or Tsleil-Waututh (East Vancouver)
11:15:19 From Nick Hanson (CUI) To Everyone:
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action