Speakers

Cheryl Brooks

Cheryl Brooks

President

Indigenuity Consulting Group Inc.

Cheryl has dedicated her career to working with Indigenous people, communities, and organizations in Canada. She has worked throughout BC on a wide range of issues and is a skilled facilitator, collaborator, negotiator, strategic thinker, and project manager with an extensive network of indigenous connections. She has created strategic frameworks and policy on a wide variety of issues and developed and delivered training for Royal Roads University, the Justice Institute of BC and Indigenous organizations. She is also a co-editor of a book called “In Celebration of Our Survival: The First Nations of British Columbia”; which compiled stories from Indigenous British Columbians on a range of issues and personal experiences related to Indigenous rights.

Connie Martin

Associate Director

Indigenous Perspectives Society

Connie Martin is from the K’omoks First Nation on her maternal side, her late mother’s name is Leslee Martin, and her late grandmother was Mable Frank. Her grandparents, Richard and Catherine Wilson raised her mother and herself. On her father’s side she is German and Swedish, and her late father’s name is Gary Martin. Her paternal grandparents are the late Maggie and Charlie Martin. Connie comes to Indigenous Perspectives Society with previous experience as a social worker both for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and for a Delegated Aboriginal Agency. She has also worked in the non-profit sector for over twenty years with Indigenous children and their families from all over Canada. She is a passionate advocate for education, learning and cultural practices. She has worked to earn an Associate Arts Degree in Aboriginal Studies, a Bachelor of Social Work Degree with Indigenous and Child Welfare specializations, and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Connie is inspired by the beauty in our communities, and the days to come where Indigenous people are exercising more of their inherent rights to support children and families.

Curtis Copegog

Cultural Resources Supervisor

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services

Marsha Roote-Skye

Marsha Roote-Skye

Indigenous Employment & Training Specialist, Indigenous Employment Program

Bruce Power LLP

Marsha joins us from Saugeen First Nation, where she lived until she was 18 years old.  After graduating high school, Marsha went on to complete 2 college diplomas and graduated with a Sociology degree from Western University.  Her work experience in Corrections, Education, and Child Welfare allowed her to gain valuable experience working with the Indigenous population, in each of those sectors.  She brings knowledge of Indigenous communities and people, liaison experience, program development and management to Bruce Power, where she was hired as Bruce Power’s Indigenous Employment & Training Specialist in 2015.  Since then, she has been involved with moving Bruce Power’s Indigenous Employment and Training Program to become the leading Indigenous employment program in the Nuclear Industry.

Rozella Johnston

Rozella Johnston

Indigenous Employment and Training Coordinator

Bruce Power LLP

Rozella grew up on the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation located within the Saugeen Ojibway Territory.  Rozella studied Public Administration and First Nations Governance and has an Advanced Diploma in Business and Human Resources.  Her background in community development has focused largely on strategies that increase organizational capacity and led to the establishment of the M’Wikwedong Cultural Resource Centre that continues to deliver Social and Health programming to an urban Indigenous population.  Rozella’s extensive experience working with Indigenous populations includes: Housing; Criminal and Restorative Justice; Health and Wellness Strategies and Community Development. Her passion to change social and economic outcomes for Indigenous people led her to explore options in corporate business environments.  Rozella joined Bruce Power in 2016 and joined the Indigenous Employment Team in 2017 with a focus on moving Bruce Power’s Indigenous Employment and Training Program to become one of the leading Indigenous employment programs in the Nuclear Industry.

Shawna Cote

Human Resources Specialist

PeePeeKisis First Nation

Sparrow Rose

Sparrow Rose

Director, Human Resources

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services

Sparrow Rose is a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and has had a progressive career in Human Resources for the past 20 years in both public and private sectors.  Sparrow is the Director at Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services, a multi-service child wellbeing agency. Applying an Indigenous lens to human resource management is an exciting opportunity for human resource practitioners and she is looking forward to sharing her experiences.