HRC Summit featured Speakers & Presenters

 

Gene McConnell- Keynote

Gene is one of North America’s foremost experts on shame. The impact of shame on all other relationships is where he specializes. On this topic, Gene McConnell is highly sought out as a national and international speaker. His expertise first came on to the national scene with his signature messages about the sexualization of our culture and the impact it has upon individual lives, relationships, and communities. Gene identifies and exposes the societal trends that are damaging healthy relationships like no one else. His mission is to teach individuals and organizations about the foundational elements of building and maintaining healthy relationships in marriage, the workplace, and the community. 


Natasha fall- Keynote

Natasha is a Canadian sex trafficking survivor and recognized speaker exposing the sex trade and its profiteers. She has been working in the criminal and social justice frontiers for 15 years as an assaulted women's and children's trauma counsellor.

As co-founder of Canada's first advocacy and peer support coalition, Natasha speaks throughout Canada and internationally on sex trafficking. She has provided training services for 4000+ law enforcement officers, and crown attorneys and continues to provide extensive consultation for the Canadian Government on legislation targeting human rights abuses of vulnerable women and children. She has presented to the United Nations, appeared on OWN and has been featured in various documentaries. 

Natasha is known as one of Canada's most knowledgeable and compelling advocates for ending prostitution, and sex trafficking of women and children.



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I Am Liberty

"I am Liberty" - a collaboration of dancers from across Canada portraying the reality of human trafficking through dance and spoken word



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Beatrice Wallace Littlechief

Beatrice lived a life of “survival” – abandoned by her birth parents & then later by her adopted mother Beatrice learned to fend for herself.  The use of drugs & alcohol gave her a way to flee, to forget the pain of rejection, sexual exploitation & abuse she faced living life on the streets.  Nearly 15 years ago,   Beatrice  started the journey of healing from the abuse & addictions that had so long been a part of her life.  Currently Beatrice is working as the Family and Youth Worker at IMCF in Regina. Beatrice is a mother of 8 children between the ages of 16-28 and is a kukom to 4.    Beatrice’s passion truly lies in helping woman/girls who are being sexual exploited. Beatrice services on the Defend Dignity team  and a part of SOS – Strengthening Our Sisters.  The project goes out to First Nations reserves to and share the risks of sexual exploitation in and out of our community.Beatrice co-founded White Pony Lodge which is an initiative to end violence in North Central Regina.   WPL began a patrol over a year ago in North Central Regina. This patrol has had been recognized by the Federal Status of Woman Ministry and the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award.

 


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Shona Stewart

Shona is the Executive Director of Dignity House in Winnipeg Manitoba. She was formerly prostituted/trafficked for 16 years, and is passionate about seeing the lives of women transformed. Shona has two degrees from Briercrest, a certificate in counselling and has developed a curriculum called PEARL (Prostitutes Exiting and Restoring Life) which is currently being used at Dignity House. 

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Ramona Thiessen

Ramona's career as an artist has shifted and evolved over the past 20+ years. Recently, her direction has shifted from taking her very private process of painting, to a more public forum of Performance Painting. This allows Ramona to paint from her heart, as others enjoy seeing the process of the blank canvas fill with the completed image over the course of the event she paints for.

 

 

More to be announced!