Potential Speakers

Lenny Carpenter

Program manager of the Indigenous Reporters Program, Journalists for Human Rights.

Karyn Pugliese

Executive director of News and Current Affairs, APTN

Tanya Talaga

Reporter with the Toronto Star, covers Indigenous Issues

T: 416.945.8624

Connie Walker

Investigative reporter for CBC News

Cyndy Baskin

School of Social Work, Ryerson University

Michael Etherington

Cultural Program Manager

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road.

T: 416.964.9086


John Ralston Saul

Tim Fontaine

Reporter for CBC Indigenous

Covers indigenous issues on television, in print and online since 1999. He worked for APTN, CAPC and contributed to the CBC.

Hayden King

Director, Centre for Indigenous Governance

T: 416.979.5000 x6053


Pamela Palmater

Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University

T: 416.979.5000 x2047


Duncan McCue

Host of Cross Country Checkup (CBC Radio One), Visiting professor at Ryerson University

Contact the Ryerson School of Journalism

Waubgeshig Rice

Author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation

Graduated from Ryerson’s journalism program in 2002 and works as a video journalist for the CBC in Ottawa.

Dan and Mary Lou Smoke

Journalists in Hamilton and professors at Western University. Hosts of Smoke Signals

Both are elders available for workshop sessions through Dodem Kanonhsa’

Maurice Switzer

Former journalist and head of communications for several regional and provincial Indigenous groups.

Angela Sterritt

Former CBC journalist in Vancouver and Yellowknife and first Indigenous recipient of the Massey Fellowship. Co-facilitated JHR workshops.

Delany Windigo

APTN’s only Toronto VJ

P: 416.525.2786

Toll Free: 1.888.278.8862 


Jesse Wente

Film programmer TIFF, former arts producer CBC and outspoken commentator

Elders from Dodem Kanonhsa

Dodem Kanonhsa, a space for learning and fostering greater acceptance and understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Elders do outreach work for a per diem donation and can speak on a variety of cultural topics.

(Need to go through the free two hour training first or contact Janice Neil before trying to contact Dodem Kanonhsa.)  


Joanne Dallaire

Elder for the Aboriginal Education Council, Ryerson University

T: 416.979.5000 ext. 6616