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Qwal | Speaking

Connection brings strength from our ancestors,

through us, to the generations yet to come


Speaker, Panelist, Keynote

"I speak to and uphold relationships and reciprocity with all beings in our environment as imperative to health and well-being."

Most Recent

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November 2022

Public Health Association of BC Conference, Our Planet, Our Health, Opening Plenary

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October 2022

Centre for Health Education Scholarship, 12th Annual Celebration of Scholarship. Closing Plenary, Honouring Ourselves as Emotional, Physical, Mental & Spiritual Beings.


August 2022

Atlantic Summer Institute 2022 Forum. Opening Plenary, Regenerating the Power of Connection: “I see you”.

Past Speaking Engagements

Panelist, Climate Change, Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (July 2022) Connecting to the Spirit of the Land

Speaker, Public Health Agency of Canada, Indigenous Awareness Week (June 29, 2022) "Healing Relationships in a Time of Crisis"

Panelist, National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, First Nations, Inuit, & Métis Population and Public Health Series (June 20, 2022) – Environmental and Mental Health

Panelist, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (​June 8, 2022) COVID-19 Conversation Series: Recovery and regeneration in the face of overlapping crises. Part 4: Discovering Courage

Panellist, UNICEF (​May 24, 2022) UNICEF Report Card 17 Canadian Launch: The Future is Now, A Focus on Children’s Environment

Opening Keynote, International Health Promoting Campuses Symposium (May 12, 2022) Mother Earth is our Health System

Speaker, BC Assembly of First Nations (March 24, 2022) Canada Water Agency Virtual Dialogue Series: BCAFN Women, 2SLGBTQQIA+ and Water Session. Indigenous Health, Water and Reconciliation

Panelist, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance: Water Sustainability Project (March 23, 2022) World Water Day Event, What’s Beneath our Feet? 

Speaker, National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health Webinar,  Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives on Climate Change and Water Safety and Security (March 10, 2022) Nutsumat kws yaay’us tthqa’ “We come together as a whole to work together to be stronger as partners for the watershed”

Speaker, BC Assembly of First Nations Canada Water Agency Virtual Dialogue Series: BCAFN First Nations Water Jurisdiction, Co-Governance and Canada Water Agency (March 1, 2022) Collaborative Governance

Panelist, University of BC (November 30, 2021) Dialogue – Decolonizing Wellness: Indigenous Women’s Perspectives on Healthcare

Speaker, Canadian Association for Global Health (October 26, 2021) Climate Change and Mental Health: Pathways to Increased Awareness and Adaptive Capacity. Healing Relationships in a Time of Crisis

Keynote, 11th Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas (October 20, 2021) Indigenous Communities Response to COVID-19

Speaker, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (October 2, 2021) Policy Salon - COVID-19: Seizing Opportunities to Advance Indigenous Self-determination through Policy

Panelist, Association of Vancouver Island And Coastal Communities 2021 Virtual AGM and Convention (May 24, 2021) Coping with COVID

Speaker, Fraser Basin Council Webinar (September 25, 2020) How Can We Use a Health Crisis to Build Healthier, Resilient Communities?

Speaker, PowherHouse,  Gather for Her (September 16, 2020) Ready for More Rest

Speaker, UBC School of Population and Public Health Voices in Health Speaker Series (February 13, 2020) Indigenous Sovereignty is Sustainability

Speaker, Canadian Field Epidemiology Program Seminar Series (January 21, 2020) Outbreak management of Vibrio cholerae in traditional food.

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