Is Inuk and a member of the Nunatsiavut Territory of Labrador. Jean has a Master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Guelph. As the Senior Advisor Indigenous Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier University, Jean is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the university related to Indigenous activities. She advises the institution on Indigenous initiatives and is working to implement Laurier’s commitment to indigenizing the university and to responding to the TRC recommendations on education. She provides leadership for implementation of Laurier’s goals for further engaging Indigenous communities and organizations across the country. She works with a team of Indigenous staff to create and deliver Indigenous student support services and a welcoming space for Indigenous students at each of Laurier’s locations and supports the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge within academic programs across all faculties. For over forty years Jean has lived in the tri-cities area of Ontario where she is involved with the diverse Indigenous community serving on various boards and volunteering in local organizations
Dr. Stryker Calvez
Is a Metis/Michif researcher and educator from the Red River territory around Winnipeg. He received his PhD in applied social psychology from the University of Guelph. Over the last 20 years he has worked extensively with provincial governments, post-secondary institutions, organizations and communities to better understand how to implement and/or improve educational, social support, and health programming for Indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, and vulnerable populations. He has been recognized for his contributions to these communities, building better understandings of Indigenous people, supporting diversity and inclusion management, and facilitating effective intergroup relations. Currently he is the Manager of Indigenous Education Initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan. In this position Stryker has been leading and supporting numerous institutional indigenization priorities, building reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, developing cultural professional development initiatives, and consulting with colleges and schools to develop and implement indigenization strategies.