Indigenous Role Model Session 2023
- April 12, 2023
- 11:00 AM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT
- Open To
- Session 1 for Indigenous students only; Session 2 for all community members
The Indigenous Role Model event led by TMU Aboriginal Student Services provides an opportunity for community members to learn from and engage with an Indigenous leader. The Role Model shares their story and insight into their lived experience, chosen field and professional journey.
The 2023 Indigenous Role Model is Riley Yesno (she/her), a queer Anishinaabe writer, researcher, and public speaker. At the event, Riley will lead a discussion on Indigenous Futurism – How Indigenous Youth are Forging the Future.
She will share more about her journey from growing up in Northern Ontario to now — including what she has learned from her successes, failures, and the bright future she sees for Indigenous youth.
Community members will have the opportunity to engage with Riley and gain insight into her lived experience and professional journey, providing participants with a space to strive for success to reach their own educational and career goals.
Session #1: Indigenous Role Model Talking Circle (Indigenous students only)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The first session is a closed circle for First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Canadian Indigenous students (or those who identify by nation or community) at TMU.
If you do not identify as an Indigenous student, we invite you to join us at session #2 which is open to the entire TMU community.
Session #2: Open to all TMU students, faculty and staff
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
In the second session, all TMU community members are welcome to learn from and engage with the Role Model.
About Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.
Our role is to provide specialized services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples on campus and to develop a mutually productive relationship between TMU and the Indigenous community.
About the Indigenous Role Model Event
As far back as 2013, Aboriginal Student Services has hosted the Indigenous Role Model Event. The Role Model serves as an opportunity to speak with Indigenous Leaders in their respective fields, as well as provide insight into their chosen occupation. Previous Role Models include Dr. Kathy Absolon-King (2015); Dr. Pamela Palmater (2016); Artist Jackie Traverse (2017); Dr. Raven Sinclair (2017); Leanne Simpson (2018), Justice Leonard Mandamin (2019) and Dr. Janet Smylie (2021), all of whom have engaged with our students, faculty and staff to discuss their professional journey, as well as the obstacles they faced along the way, and how that factors in with their Indigeneity.
If you have any questions about the Indigenous Role Model event, please contact Brian Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org.