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Indigenous Elders

There are many Indigenous content experts and resource people in our communities. Here are some people who are available as guest speakers, or for TRU classroom presentations. To request one of the following people or another Indigenous guest speaker please email ined@tru.ca.

Oliver ArnouseLittle Shuswap Band
Mike ArnouseCstèlen Kamloops Campus (Adams Lake Indian Band)
Mike ArnouseCstèlen Kamloops Campus (Adams Lake Indian Band)

Mike Arnouse is from the Adams Lake community. He has been an Elder on campus of TRU for over 20 years. He is a helper who believes in learning from one another. He appreciates the opportunities to meet and talk...

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Joanne BrownCheslatta/Dakelh Kamloops Campus
Joanne BrownCheslatta/Dakelh Kamloops Campus

Joanne Brown is a member of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, L’silu clan, born and raised in her home territory near Burns Lake, British Columbia. She moved to Secwépemc’ulucw from Prince George in 1996. Joanne’s previous work with Employment and...

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DeDe DeRoseEsketemec
DeDe DeRoseEsketemec

DeDe was BC's first Superintendent of Aboriginal Achievement and is a prominent advocate for Indigenous education and student success. Born in Williams lake to a Secwepemc family DeDe is a member of the Esketemec First Nation. DeRose graduated from...

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Cecilia DeroseWilliams Lake
Diena JulesTk’emlúps te Secwépemc
Diena JulesTk’emlúps te Secwépemc

Weykpt, I am Diena Jules and am a member of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. The traditional names that I have been given over my lifetime are: Sundance Pipe Woman, Yellow Flower Woman, and Black Wolf Woman. I am proud to say...

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Doreen Kenoras“Sexqeltqin” Adams Lake Band
Bella MorrisInuit
Bella MorrisInuit

My name is Bella Morris, and my Indigenous identity is Inuk (Inuit). I was born and raised in the small community of Iklavik in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories. As a child, I attended a Catholic Residential...

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Sid PeltierMétis Kamloops Campus
Sid PeltierMétis Kamloops Campus

Sid has been an active member of MNBC for over 20 years, serving as the past president/vice president in the Terrace community for over 10 years. Sid’s experience includes 12 years on the board of the Kermode Friendship Centre....

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Patricia (Trish) TerrySt’át’imc
Patricia (Trish) TerrySt’át’imc

Aunty Trish is from the Tsalalh Band in the St'at'imc Nation. She attended day school in Tsalalth and is a survivor of the Kamloops Residential school. She has one daughter who is faculty here in the School of Education...

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Leonna (Doe) ThomasTk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Kamloops Campus
Leonna (Doe) ThomasTk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Kamloops Campus

Leona (Doe) Thomas is a member of the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc (TteS) band. She is a mother and grandmother. She has been retired for several years working with Alberta First Nations with developing, implementing and reporting on health programs. She is...

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