Truth and Reconciliation Speaker Series: Metis Perspectives in Reconciliation

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Margaret Froh

In follow up to the Truth and Reconciliation Summit held in October 2016 at Banff Centre, a monthly speaker series invites Bow Valley residents to engage in relevant topics, local discussions, and learn more about Indigenous culture, history, and knowledge. Indigenous Leadership at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in partnership with Banff Canmore Community Foundation, is pleased to co-host these monthly sessions. Each month a new guest speaker will share their perspective on Reconciliation.  

Margaret Froh is a Métis lawyer from the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, currently based in Barrie, Ontario.  Margaret is the President of the Metis Nation of Ontario as well as a sole practitioner and President/CEO of Turquoise Buffalo Consulting, providing governance, law and policy support to First Nation, Métis and Inuit organizations and communities in Canada. 

In addition to her legal and consulting practices, Margaret is a faculty member in the Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Leadership & Management Program, offering customized training programs and serving as Faculty Lead for Leading Teams: Good Governance for Councils and Boards. Margaret is a former adjunct faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. 

Prior to establishing Turquoise Buffalo, Margaret served eight years as in-house legal counsel for the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, a proud and progressive First Nation community located 1.5 hours north of Toronto. In 2011, Margaret and her colleagues in Rama’s General Counsel’s Office received the inaugural Canadian General Counsel Award for Social Responsibility for their work with Elders and Youth at Rama First Nation. 

Margaret has served on the boards of numerous Aboriginal non-profit and for-profit organizations, and is the President of the Indigenous Bar Association’s Law Student Scholarship Foundation and Past President of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada. 

In 2007, Margaret was appointed by the Chippewas of Rama First Nation as a Director (Alternate) for the St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino near Cranbrook, BC.  St. Eugene’s is a unique for-profit business partnership between three geographically and culturally diverse First Nations in Canada: the Chippewas of Rama in Ontario; the Samson Cree Nation in Alberta; and the Ktunaxa Nation in British Columbia.

Series Schedule:

• September 28 - Indigenous Women and Reconciliation - Dr. Cora Voyageur
• October 19 - Reconciliation Through Negotiations - Troy Chalifoux
• November 30 - Metis Perspectives in Reconciliation - Margaret Froh
• February 15 - Reconciliation and Indigenous Worldview - Dr. Leroy Little Bear 
• March 15 - Reconciliation Through Post-Secondary Educational Institutions - Kory Wilson 
• April 26 - Reconciliation through First Nation Governance - Tracey O’Donnell 
• May 17 - Federal Government Reconciliation Initiatives - Elizabeth Logue