Indigenous Homecoming 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (check in at 10:30 a.m.)

Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge

Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba

Connect with Indigenous alumni at this year's Indigenous Homecoming! This year's event will feature a Living Library, where you'll have the chance to hear the stories of influential alumni who are making a difference in our communities.

Please note that registration is required and lunch is provided.

To register, go to this link and fill out the registration form:

*If you register and later realize that you are unable to attend, please let us know so we can open up the spot for another participant.

For more information please contact:
Ruth Shead at


Schedule of events:
Schedule is subject to change.

10:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks

11:15 - 1:00 p.m.
"Check out" the living books

1:00 p.m.
Blessing of food and lunch

Living books:

Carla Taylor [B.E.S.S./03]

Carla Taylor (she/they) is a Two Spirit Indigenous person born and raised in Selkirk MB, with ancestral connections to Fisher River Cree Nation. Carla graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2003 with her Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Athletic Therapy stream). She has been practicing as a Certified Athletic Therapist for 16 years. In 2012 Carla opened Revolution Wellness Centre, a multidisciplinary clinic that was founded around the principles of providing safe space and accessible health care to people of all ages, genders, sexual orientation, religions, ethnicities, backgrounds, and body types. In 2017 Carla completed the five year training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy, and is currently working on her thesis to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.
Carla is one of the founding members and organizers of the Rainbow Warriors, a community group run by Two Spirit people for Two Spirit people. Carla was on the planning committee for the 3rd annual Two Spirit Pow Wow held during Pride weekend. She is also collaborating with her friend Renu Shonek to create the first 2SQTBIPOC library in North America

Hañwakañ Blaikie Whitecloud [B.C. (Hons)/11] 

Hañwakañ Blaikie Whitecloud (Hañwakañ = 'Northern Lights' in Dakhóta) travelled extensively until age 5 but has since called Winnipeg home. His parents are both Indigenous lawyers who started their lives living on the land. He attended College Jeanne Sauvé and grew up in St Vital close to the U of M where his mother has taught for over 25 years. Hañwakañ has been engaged in the business and skateboarding community as a mentor and leader, supporting youth to strive for their best selves. He even has some skate-sons, as he’s stepped into to be a father figure for youth in need. As a filmmaker his work focuses on building identity for urban Indigenous youth. His latest documentary project is about Pow Wows across Canada. Hañwakañ is also an active volunteer, especially with 1JustCity, at their overnight emergency warming center. He’s a punctual man but those 6:30am volunteer shifts are easy to get to as his wife, Tessa, is the Executive Director. Hañwakañ and his wife co-facilitate workshops on reconciliation, systems change, and generally just have tons of fun together trying to make the world a better place.

Dené Beaudry [B.A./14]

Dené Beaudry is a 46 year old loving husband of 23 years, father of 3, and grandfather (papa) to 2 boys. He graduated from University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Spring of 2014, with a major in Criminology and minor in Native Studies.
Dené’s high school education stopped after Grade 9 Gym and Grade 9 Arts. He was diagnosed with a learning disability while attending the University of Manitoba, stating that he had a grade 4 reading level and a grade 5 writing level. While attending university, Dené read his first book.
His ambition to attend university was not his own. Dené worked with CFS, which allowed the boys he worked with to play high school hockey, as he was involved as an assistant coach with St. John’s High School. Dené has always liked to preach the importance of education, but after one hockey game the students decided to call him out – since he did not have any education, how could he preach? Two weeks later, Dené applied to university and was accepted, so he quit his job and practiced what he preached.

Monica Cyr [B.Sc./15; M.Sc./18]  

Monica Cyr is a proud Métis woman born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Home Land of the Métis Nation. Her familial lineage stems from the Cree and French peoples of the Red River and St. Laurent regions. At present, Monica is the Director of Primary Care for the Aboriginal Health & Wellness Clinic of Winnipeg. She and her team, comprised of physicians, nurses, social support counselors, a psychologist, dietitian, foot care nurse, pediatrician, and cultural advisor use harm-reduction and trauma-informed care approaches when serving the Indigenous peoples of Winnipeg. She also has a Master’s in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba and is best known for her contributions in her community discussing the many roles of food and its impact on health. She is a Registered Dietitian and believes that food is more than the constituents of nutrients that is embedded within its makeup. Monica firmly advocates that the healing and health of her people happens through the relationship that is built from the reconciliation of lands and ancestral foodways. Because of the intimate and powerful relationships which are formed among women when stories are shared in the presence of food work, Monica empowers women to be the culinary vessels of their families and share what they know. She advocates that women reclaim the strength that comes with feeding their families.

Jackie Traverse (B.F.A./09]  

Jackie Traverse in an Anishinaabe, specifically Ojibwe, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She spent her early years with her biological father living in Winnipeg, MB. Her father encouraged her early interest in art, buying her art supplies. Her early life was difficult growing up in Winnipeg's North End when her mother passed away at a young age and her siblings were apprehended in the Sixties Scoop. Traverse draws inspiration in her art and activism from her experience growing up as an indigenous woman in one of Winnipeg's toughest neighbourhoods. She studied at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba and graduated in 2009. Traverse is an Indigenous activist and supporter of the empowerment of indigenous women in Canada. The strength and power of women often depicted in her artwork and is reflected in her activism. She is the founder of a ride-share program in Winnipeg called Ikwe Safe Ride, designed to provide a safe alternative to taxi cabs after a string a reported sexual assaults on women in Winnipeg taxi cabs. In 2015, Traverse was the founder of the Indigenous Rock the Vote movement in Winnipeg. The Indigenous Rock the Vote movement inspired indigenous people across Canada to challenge historical low voter turnout rates by voting in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.

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