Indigenous Engagement: Lunch and Learn

February 21, 2024, 12:00 - 1:00 PM


Join us February 21, 2024 at noon for a one-hour Indigenous engagement lunch and learn session with KWAST-en-ayu (or L. Maynard Harry) from Indigenous Insight

Have you ever wondered:

  • About the colonial impacts to First Nation communities resulting from Canada's Indian Act, Indian Reserve System, Indian Residential School System? 'Why did Indians attend these schools, if they were so horrific?' or 'why can't Indians 'just get over it?'
  • Why Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation departments and ministries are so prevalent at every level of government.
  • What is decolonization? and why it is important?
  • What is proper usage of term 'reconciliation'? About the significance of the thousands of recently discovered unmarked graves of former Indian residential school students?
  • Why can't Canada simply rescind its Indian Act and Indian Reserve System?
  • What Aboriginal rights and title is and why will it impact all major natural resource extraction projects across Canada?
  • About the Distinction between white privilege, racism and systemic racism?

KWAST-enayu (L. Maynard Harry)

Webinars/maynard-harry.jpegKWAST-enayu (L. Maynard Harry), a Citizen of the Tla'amin Nation (TN), received his ancestral name from his Elders on May 10, 2003 immediately prior to the signing of historic Sliammon First Nation – City of Powell River 'Community Accord’. KWAST-en-ayu has served as his Nation’s Chief Councillor and councillor (4 terms). Maynard’s extensive knowledge of his nation’s culture and history, practical experience in economic/small business development, intergovernmental relationship building / reconciliation, leadership/governance & decision-making, Aboriginal rights, and title come from a close working relationship with his nations traditional land and resource use experts and Elders. 

KWAST-enayu’s presentation style is direct, honest and comes from 27+ years of direct exposure to Canada's Indian Act, Indian Reserve System, Indian Residential School System. Maynard’s work in the area of reconciliation work has been recognized locally/regionally by the City of Powell River (Freedom of the City, 2008) and nationally, by Canada’s Governor General David Johnson (Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013). Maynard is a Order of BC nominee (2023).

Maynard is Founder, Indigenous Insight, and Partner, Mighty Raven Technology.

Thich’ala (Ace Harry)

Indigenous youth language speaker, Xwe’malhkwu Nation. Ace is the founder of Mumatla Kanem (White People Words), a partner in the Advanced Business Match, a dedicated classical pianist, and an International Baccalaureate/Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific graduate.


At the request of the speaker, this session will not be recorded.


Registration closes February 20 at 4:00 pm.

REIBC acknowledges the support of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia