A2: Fireside Chat | Working as an Indigenous Woman 
In this fireside chat, Michelle Soto will  describe her experiences as an Indigenous woman in the workplace. Michelle’s presentation will navigate audiences through her experiences in education, professional workplaces, artistic journeys, overcoming bias, racism and tokenism. Her unique storytelling will help influence more welcoming and safer spaces within organizations.
Meet your Speaker

My name is Michelle Soto. My Cree name is Red Yellow Eagle Woman. My Indigenous background; my paternal family is Woodland Cree and my maternal community is from Dene Tha First Nation. I am from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Alberta. At the young age of 4 years old; my paternal, Evelyn Soto, grandmother became my first mentor. My grandmother was a ceremony/pipe holder; I was raised to attend ceremonies, learn traditional Indigenous land-based knowledge, ceremony protocol, and traditional arts. Both my parents are residential school survivors. I am a holder of three art grants from Alberta Council for the Arts and Calgary Arts Development Council. My educational background is in recreation, social work, childcare, Indigenous culture, and high risk child/youth programming.

Meet your Moderator

A born Edmontonian now living in Calgary with her four rescue bunnies, human partner and their tiny human, Megan’s heart is here on the peaks and prairies of Alberta. Her career in health promotion over the past two decades has been focused on training, leadership development, capacity building, and fostering relationships focused on enhancing population health.   As Manager, Workplace Training & Programs Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division, Megan brings her passion for supporting others in enhancing the Psychological Health & Safety in the workplace to life through collaboration, and development, delivery, and ongoing evaluation of our evidence-based programs and trainings. Mental Health advocacy and playing outside is Megan’s life work. 

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Tansi — Cree | Oki — Blackfoot | ​Aba washded — Stoney (Nakota) | ​Ɂedlanet’e — Dene |  We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands and territories of Indigenous people in Alberta. We want to recognize the significance of our relationships with the land and the peoples who call this ‘home.’ We commit to a reciprocal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews that honour and respect ways of knowing and being.