TREATY 8 FIRST NATION OF ALBERTA -"As long as the sun shines, grass grows and the rivers flow..."


Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis, Keynote Presenter

Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis is an Assistant Professor with the Indigenous Language Certificate of the Faculty of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. For the past 13 years, Dr. Lewis has been working with community schools in promoting land-based education along with the Cree Language and started a grassroots non-for-profit charity group kâniyâsihk Culture Camps Inc. (  This group has formed his Doctoral Studies work which is community driven to work with and along all ages, all experiences in all seasons. Dr. Lewis is from Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation and continues to teach about the importance of reconnecting people about wahkohtowin, our lands, stories, songs and languages.Reconnection to our Lands through Land-Based Education

Reconnection to our Lands through Land-Based Education

kâniyâsihk Culture Camps have been running for over 13 years now and now established kâniyâsihk Culture Camps have been running for over 13 years now and now established year round programming. This presentation will talk about why its important to stay connected to our lands. How we need to remember our relatives and how its done in our camp setting. There are humours stories, stories of expeditions, sacred teachings, and how it has brought together so many people of all walks of life. Climate change is real and our stories tell us that we have persevered through so much.

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Keynote Presenter

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Denè Indigenous rights advocate, activist and member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Northern Alberta, Canada, downstream of Alberta’s Tar Sands. She is the founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA –, Canada’s only Indigenous-led climate justice social movement organization.  ICA support Indigenous peoples as agents of change and leaders to building a climate stable future.


Dustin McGladrey

Dustin is from the West Coast, the Nisga’a Nation, Gisḵ’ansnaat – Grizzly Bear Clan, House (Wilp) Sg̱at’iin.Dustin is an Indigenous professional working within the entertainment and media industry.   Dustin has worked on many different films and television sets as an actor.  Dustin has also volunteered his time as a youth/worker for many non-profit societies.   He went to Broadcast School at the British Columbia Institute of Technology to hone his skills as a media personality.   Dustin is currently work with CFWE FM as an audio producer, Conversational Cree Host, Mid Day Personality and Web Content Producer.



For the past 24 yrs,  Amanda Lamothe (say: La-Mott) has been offering a wide range of Native Entertainment for various community and private functions.

Amanda’s ancestry is from the beautiful Okanagan Salish Nation in Merritt, B.C. For the past 20+yrs, she has worked within various school Districts throughout Alberta sharing cultural teachings and supporting student success.As a teen she was adopted by her Blackfoot Mother then began to follow traditions of dance & ceremony. Amanda passes down these teachings to her children and Grandchild as they continue to follow the sweetgrass path performing together and attending ceremonies and celebrations across Canada.



As an Entertainer Conway K has succeeded in crossing into multiple mediums, already a talented Hip Hop artist with 5 full length albums, Numerous Music Award Nominations, and 2008 aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award Winner for best Hip Hop CD, Conway K continues to display a wide range of talents in his projects that reflect his Drug and Alcohol free lifestyle.  (for full bio visit his website).