Day 1 Keynote

Keynote Presentation: A Resilient Village Around Every Learner

In her keynote presentation, Kathi Hemphill Camilleri will share wisdom from her Village Workshop Series. She will explore the idea richly rooted in First Nations history that Indigenous peoples have, since time immemorial, gathered together to encourage and inspire resilience rooted in respectful engagement and collaboration. Kathi will also explore how teachers and facilitators do the important work of creating cultural safety for all learners and themselves.

In 2012 Kathi’s work was nominated for the Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Award for Leadership, the British Columbia Reconciliation Award, and the Nesika Award for Excellence in Diversity.

“Kathi uses humour, kindness, and wisdom to hold a safe space for us while we change how we see the world and how we forever interact with people with Indigenous heritage. It is easy to learn because of her gentle ways and her respect for all people.” — Workshop participant


Kathi Hemphill Camilleri (Spotted Doe) is of Métis/Cree Ancestry. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and certificates in CBT and DBT. She is a cultural safety consultant and facilitator of the Village Workshop Series. She facilitates strategic planning sessions, keynotes, and experiential Village Workshops about Canada’s policies of assimilation and colonization with all levels of government, students and educators, and frontline workers in communities across the country. Kathi and her husband, Chris, have a blended family with six boys and one (brave, tough) girl. Kathi can be reached at 250-287-0150 or