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 published novels. She has been presenting First Nations and Métis cultures for over 20 years to Canadian audiences as a sought-after speaker, presenter, workshop leader, and educator. She has been the Creator-in-Residence for the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers, Writer in Residence for the Marigold Library System and the International Spanish Academy in Calgary. For many years, Jacqueline has fostered future writing careers by mentoring new writers and championing 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.

In 2013, Jacqueline receive the Indspire Award for Arts and in 2017, Jacqueline was awarded the Order of Canada for her work in the literary arts.

“I believe the key to that bright future for our children is through better literacy today. Reading Rocks!” – Jacqueline Guest

Panel Discussion on Indigenous Education

Kelly Fraser, Tracie Léost, and Michael Linklater, 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.

Kelly Fraser

Tracie Léost

Michael Linklater

Roberta Jamieson