Indigenous conference to build understanding and community

Community members are invited to join the Red Deer Native Friendship Society for its upcoming conference this Monday and Tuesday.

TALK Conference: Truth Awakening Love & Knowledge, is focused on increasing understanding of Indigenous culture, for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members alike.

Myles Himmelreich and Dion Tootoosis are the keynote speakers.

Himmelreich is an advocate for individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, sharing his expertise and experience with international audiences.

Tootoosis is a professional master of ceremonies, internationally known for his involvement with the Indigenous dance theatre company Blackfoot Medicine Speaks.

“It is crucial to us at the friendship society to bring people together to learn about Indigenous history and ways of being. The more we know about each other, about ourselves, and about history, the stronger we are as a community,” says executive director Lianne Hazell.

There is a $40 fee for the conference at Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer. For students and others who cannot afford this fee, there are bursaries available.

Visit to register or to learn more.

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