National Gathering for Indigenous Education

Guest Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Jacqueline Guest, International Award-Winning Author

Keynote Speaker Sponsor


Jacqueline Guest is an international award winning author with twenty professionally published novels. She has presented across Canada and the United States to audiences of all ages. In addition to her in-depth knowledge on writing novels, Jacqueline has over twenty five years of experience presenting in classrooms, libraries and at conferences. She has been the Creator-in-Residence for CANSCAIP, Writer in Residence for the Marigold Library System and the International Spanish Academy in Calgary. Her novels have been nominated and/or won numerous awards in Canada and the United States, including the AILA Middle School Award, Moonbeam Award, Red Maple, Silver Birch, Red Cedar, Golden Eagle, CCBC Our Choice, and more. Her curriculum based school presentations, which tie in with her novels, have even reluctant students reading. For many years, Jacqueline has mentored new writers and championed literacy. Her body of work spans a wide variety of genres including middle grade, young adult, high interest/low vocabulary, short stories, levelled reading and magazine articles. Jacqueline has volunteered in Tanzania and Ghana where she taught eager adults how to create stories for their own young readers to enjoy. She continues to mentor many of these authors.

Jacqueline is the proud recipient of an Indspire Award for the Arts. In 2017, Jacqueline was awarded the Order of Canada for her work in the literary arts.

Youth Panel

Tracie Léost, Michael Linklater, and Maatalii Okalik, moderated by Roberta Jamieson.

Indspire presents Tracie, Michael, and Maatalii for a discussion on Indigenous education. All three panelists are excellent role models, leaders, and change-makers for Indigenous youth. And they all happen to be Indspire Award recipients. In this discussion, delegates will hear what it’s like to be First Nation, Inuit, and Métis in Canada’s education system today and what they think we can do better as educators to be leaders in reconciliation in our classrooms, schools, and communities.

For full bios of each participant, follow the links below.

Tracie Léost

Michael Linklater

Maatalii Okalik

Roberta Jamieson