A dialogue lead by Rebecca Martell and Brianna Olson
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Please bring your own lunch. Registration not necessary.
Rebecca Martell, CACII, RCS
Of Indigenous ancestry, Ms. Martell is a member of Sîkîp Sâkahikan First Nation. Certified in the field of addictions, she
has utilized a traditional model of learning to facilitate First Nation wellness in Canada and the United States for the
past 40 years. As a Clinical Associate with the Occupational Performance Analysis Unit (OPAU), Department of
Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta (1996 to present), Rebecca also collaborates on a variety of First Nation
Brianna Olson, BSW is a social worker, diverse multi-media artist, Anishinaabekwe and proud member of
Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation. She has a strong sense of identity as a jingle dress dancer, critical social worker,
community organizer, beadwork artist, and emcee. Currently residing in Tkaronto (traditional Haudenosaunee name
for Toronto) she is completing her masters in social work; Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency field of study at the
University of Toronto.
Brianna is an outspoken advocate for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and issues of systemic
violence, and actively endorses Indigenous liberation across Turtle Island and worldwide. She has received a Harm
Reduction award (Kaiser Foundation, 2006), Top 100 women in business, (Wanderer, 2013), Esquao award (Institute for
the Advancement of Aboriginal women, 2013), Top 30 under 30, (Centre for Global cooperation/ 2014) and Human
Rights award (John Humphrey centre for Peace and Human rights, 2015).