2017 Keynote Speakers

Michael Redhead Champagne

Michael Redhead Champagne has spent nearly two decades speaking out and leading by example. He takes a hopeful and solution-oriented approach to youth engagement, facilitation, community organizing and mobilization.  

The list of accolades for his work is both lengthy and well deserved. He was recognized as the 2016 Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year and in TIME Magazine as a Next Generation Leader. In 2016, Michael served on the Bank of Canada’s bank note advisory committee with a task of creating a short list of women nominated by the public to appear on a new bank note. Michael has also received a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award as well as recognition as a CBC Manitoba Future 40 leader, a Manitoba Hero, and a Future Leader of Manitoba.

As the founder of AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities), he is committed to a wide variety of important community initiatives including Meet Me at the Bell Tower, AYO Politix, ARROWS Youth Engagement Strategy, 13 Fires, Fearless R2W and Winnipeg Water Wednesday. Michael has served as president of North End Community Renewal Corporation, a board member for the Circle of Life Thunderbird House and is currently serving on the board for Marymound Inc. His committee work currently includes United Way of Winnipeg’s Council for Indigenous Relations and is an advisor to the Garden of Compassion initiative.

Michael is known for his straight up and heartfelt style that will leave you moved, inspired and ready for action.


Keith Goulet

Keith Goulet is a Nehinuw (Cree) from Cumberland House in northern Saskatchewan. He was raised in a trapping, fishing, hunting, and gathering context. He has a B.Ed., M.Ed. and is presently a Ph.D. candidate on the issue of land. He has been a teacher, Cree language consultant, teacher education program developer (NORTEP), an executive director of Gabriel Dumont Institute and a regional community college principal. He co-authored Teaching Each Other with his wife Linda, a book which is structured and integrated with Nehinuw (Cree) pedagogy. His daughters are Kona and Danis and grandchildren Riel and Cassius. He was a cabinet minister from 1992 to 2001 and served in the Saskatchewan legislature as an MLA for 17 years.

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