2017 OAGEE Fall Conference Guest Speakers

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OAGEE Fall Conference 2017

Geography: Embracing Our World





We are pleased to announce the guest speakers scheduled for this year’s Fall Conference.  The three speakers embody this year’s theme of Embracing Our World through the diversity of their careers and achievements.  We look forward to sharing their knowledge and stories with you this November.  


Teddy Syrette, a queer-Indigenous activist and artist.

Friday, November 10, 11:00 am


Teddy Syrette is from Batchewana First Nation of the Anishnabek people. They identify as being a 2-Spirit person, and travel around Turtle Island, teaching about Intersectional identity and awareness building. They currently live in Tkaranto as a youth outreach coordinator for a 2-Spirit/LGBTQ-Indigenous drop-in program. Their connection with the land is tied with their cultural and spirituality. They hope to one day grow up (who knows when that will be) and become a flight attendant.

Richard Scott, senior planner with Parks Canada involved with the new Rouge National Urban Park initiative.

Friday, November 10, 6:30 pm


Richard Scott has worked as a senior planner with Parks Canada since 2006,
first for the Trent-Severn Waterway and since 2012 for the new Rouge
National Urban Park.  Previously, Richard worked as an environmental planner for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.  There, his primary planning responsibilities involved the 20,000-hectare National Capital Greenbelt, a near-urban protected landscape of wetlands, forests, farms, and trails with many similarities to the Rouge.  Richard holds a Bachelor in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University.










Tanya Talaga,  investigative reporter with a focus on indigenous issues.

Saturday, November 11, 8:35 am


Tanya Talaga will share her insights from her work as a journalist for the Toronto Star.  She has worked on a team that completed a year-long project on the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. In 2015 she was part of a team of reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for project of the year concerning a series of stories on murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. She's also been nominated five times for the Michener Award for public service journalism.  This fall brings the publication of her new book Seven Fallen Feathers in which Tanya delves into the history of the small northern city of Thunder Bay that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.