Keynote Speakers

 Opening Keynote – Dr. Karlee Fellner

Dr. Karlee Fellner is Cree/Métis from central Alberta, and a grateful visitor on the traditional territories of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai Blackfoot Nations, the T’suu Tina, and the Stoney Nakoda peoples. She is an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. Karlee has been working with diverse clients in counselling and assessment since 2007, and has designed and taught courses in education, counselling, psychology, and Indigenous approaches to wellness at universities and First Nations colleges. She has also published book chapters and research articles in the fields of psychology, health, education, and social work. Karlee has been practicing Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy (AFOT) since 2013, andoccasionally works as an AFOT coach/instructor with the program through the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Most recently, Karlee has been working with the Kainai Nation designing, implementing, and coordinating the Poo’miikapii: Niitsitapii approaches to wellness master’s certificate. Her work focuses on decolonizing and Indigenizing health services, curriculum and pedagogy, research, and counselling through applying Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing. Karlee’s work also specifically addresses how service providers and educators may draw upon holistic and traditional Indigenous approaches to wellness and miyo pimâtisiwin (living a good life) in moving toward social and environmental justice, and individual and collective wellness.


Closing Keynote – Dr. Ester Tail Feathers

Dr.  Tailfeathers was born and raised on the Blood Reserve. She is a mother of two grown children and lives on the Blood Reserve.  She was the first Aboriginal Doctor to work at the Blood Tribe Clinic since its founding in 1985. In addition to working in a clinic in Stand Off, she is an associate at a medical clinic in Cardston, sharing on-call and emergency duties with her colleagues. And has also worked in Northern Alberta and Montana in the medical profession.  She was a founding board member for Red Crow Community College. 


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