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Moderated Q&A conversation with Ben O'Keefe, Jack Saddleback, and Tiq Milan. Moderated by Kat Blaque. 6:00 pm MST.
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Western Regional Speakers Panel presents: Finding Identity
The Western Regional Speakers Panel was developed thanks to the efforts of six like-minded post-secondary students' unions. This event was created in order to combat the fiscal strain, limitations on gatherings and student concerns about being on campus that have arisen since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We feel that this initiative provides a worthwhile, relevant and unique opportunity to all of our students and we are excited to share it with you.

This semester, we are pleased to present: Finding Identity: An LGBTQ2S+ Conversation on Intersectionality, Mental Health, and Allyship

Featuring speakers (bios below):
Ben O'Keefe
Jack Saddleback
Tiq Milan

Hosted by Kat Blaque

The Western Regional Speakers Panel is made possible by support from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Jan 28, 2021 06:00 PM in Edmonton

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Speakers

Benjamin O'Keefe
Social Change Strategist, Body Discrimination Activist @https://www.facebook.com/benjaminokeefeofficial/
Ben O'Keefe is the definition of a multi-hyphenate, working as an activist, progressive political strategist and public speaker. Ben has been a leading voice in the progressive youth movement and as an activist. At the age of 18 he started a global movement against the clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch's size-based discrimination. He subsequently went on to work with major beauty and fashion brands to help build the body-positivity movement as we know it.
Jack Saddleback
Two-Spirit, Diversity & Mental Health Advocate @https://iisb.ca/our-speakers/jack-saddleback/
Jack is a Cree Two-Spirited Transgendered Gay Man. He is the first elected Transgender Student Union president of University of Saskatchewan and only the fourth Aboriginal person to hold that position. Jack captivates his audience in sharing his message of Embracing Two Spirits, Conquering Mental Health, and Finding Ones Identity. Jack has found many struggles not only from the world at large but from his own Native community. This has not stopped him from reaching new heights. He embraces life with an open mind and a child-like curiosity that helps push his own limits in the pursuit of happiness. Jack brings a new way to understand gender identity and he embodies what gender equality should be. Jack spent the first four years of his life on his home reservation of the Samson Cree Nation. Moving with his Family to Calgary, Alberta at the age of four didn't stop him from being instilled with Cree values which comes through in everything he does.
Tiq Milan
Intersectional Leader, Transgender Rights & Racial Justice @http://www.tiqmilan.com/
Tiq Milan speaks and writes about intersectional leadership, transgender rights and racial justice. He shares stories of his life and how his transgender experience has informed his views on masculinity, race and the gender binary. A journalist for over a decade his work has appeared on MIC, Buzzfeed, NBC and CNN. He is also a strategic media consultant helping organizations and companies create detailed media campaigns that will engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and authentic.