The series is devoted to emerging policy issues that affect First Nation, Métis, Inuit, and urban Indigenous peoples in Canada. Speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and institutions, including Indigenous, academic, government and not-for-profit organizations. Presentations are followed by informal Q & A sessions allowing for in-depth discussion.
About the Program

Upcoming Virtual Session

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Past Sessions

  • May 9, 2023: Seven Generation Education Institute with Shannon King
  • January 25, 2023: Valley of the Birdtail with authors Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii)
  • August 17, 2022: Virtual lunch with water advocate Autumn Peltier.
  • April 13, 2022: Implementing UNDRIP with Prof. Brenda Gunn, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba
  • February 23, 2022: Indigenous Data Sovereignty with Akawe Technologies’ President Jarret Leaman and CEO Leanne M. Bellegarde Q.C.

For a list of previous speakers, their topics of presentation and presentation slides, please visit Stratéjuste’s webpage.


The series started 16 years ago when Mike DeGagné, then of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and John Graham, then of the Institute on Governance, first held a series aimed at getting speakers, organizers, and participants together with no particular agenda — simply to share and learn. In addition to discussing the significant socio-economic and structural barriers that First Nation, Métis, Inuit, and urban Indigenous peoples continue to face in Canada, we also took care to feature the many positive initiatives to meet them — in particular those led by Indigenous people themselves.

The series migrated to PPF’s boardroom in 2013 and PPF became more engaged in the programming starting in 2019. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the series shifted online which allowed for a much larger audience and speakers from further away to take part. The journey has been to understand the issues Indigenous peoples face, and the diverse initiatives to restore their well-being and rightful place on these lands.

Caitlin Tolley
Shannon King
Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii)
Andrew Stobo Sniderman
Autumn Peltier
Prof. Brenda Gunn
Jarret Leaman
Leanne Bellegarde, Q.C. (She/Her/Hers)
For more information, please contact Djamila Benamer (