Speaking

If you are interested in scheduling a talk, presentation, workshop or panel, please contact me using the form below. Here is a list of previous presentations/speaking engagements. I speak on issues related to sex work, colonialism, human trafficking, criminalization and stigmatization in the lives of Indigenous women, and Indigenous leadership and education. Please note that I am Ottawa based and any requests to speak in-person and outside of Ottawa must be compensated.

Past speaking engagements:

  • Guest Speaker, The University of Winnipeg: Department of Sociology, Sex and Gender Relations
  • Panelist, CUNY School of Law for Multi-Nation Sex Worker Activism: Bringing Human Rights Home (April 2016)
  • Facilitator, OPIRG (Ottawa – Carleton University), Decolonizing the Sex Work Movement (April 2016)
  • Panelist, OPIRG (Guelph), Social and Environmental Justice Symposium (March 2016)
  • Panelist, University of Calgary, Truth and Reconciliation and Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls (December 2015)
  • Guest Lecturer, WGST 3812A: Women And Gender Studies: Sex for Sale: Feminist Debates on the Sex Industry, Carleton University (November 2015)
  • Guest Lecturer, WOMN 3100: Sex Work in Contemporary Canadian Culture, University of Manitoba Faculty of Arts (November 2015)
  • Panelist, Sex Work: Experience, Evidence and Rights (November 2015)
  • Facilitator, Timmins Family Violence Interagency Action Committee’s Abuse Shatters Lives Conference, “Helping Women Who Are Involved in the Sex Trade Stay Safe” (November 2015)
  • Panelist, Feminism Present and Future at OPSEU’s Women’s Conference (November 2015)
  • Guest Speaker: Criminal Law and Procedure at the University of Ottawa (Fall term)
  • Invited Speaker, Migrant Sex Workers Justice and the Trouble with “anti-trafficking”: Research, Activism, Art
  • Panelist, Criminal Lawyers’ Association: 1st Annual Women in Criminal Law conference, panel on the new prostitution provisions (March, 2015)
  • Panelist, “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers,” Brock University (December 2014)
  • Panelist, “From Media to Madness: How Popular Culture Influences Sex Work Legislation,” Playground 2014 (November 2014).
  • Guest Speaker, “Sex workers navigate, challenge and resist alienating discourses,” CRIM 4310A: Sex Work Regulation and Resistance at the Margins, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa (October 2014)
  • Panelist, Dynamic Discussions: Re/Vision, Discourse and Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals at Mount Allison University (October 2014)
  • Panelist, Indigenous feminisms, waniskâtân nîtisânitik: Indigenous Feminist and Two-Spirit Resistance on Turtle Island,  organized by Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit Harm Reduction Coalition (a working group of QPIRG Concordia and QPIRG McGill) for the Simone de Beauvoir Institute (September 2014)
  • Co-facilitator with Families of Sisters in Spirits, Sex Sovereignty and Indigenous Peoples in the Sex Trade, Peoples Social Forum (August 2014),
  • Invited Speaker, from a Northern Perspective: The Importance of Decriminalization of Sex Work within the Context of Labour Rights, OPSEU Women’s Committee and Human Rights Committee (July 2014)
  • Presenter, “Saving Ourselves: Resisting Criminalization,” Indigenous Peoples’ Networking Zone at AIDS 20th International Conference (July 2014)
  • Witness opposing Bill C-36, Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, House of Commons (July 2014)
  • Panelist, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Girls – What can the law do? at 2014 Annual Law Union Conference: Out of the Margins (March 2014)
  • Presenter, on Sex Work and The Law: Three Perspectives, at Flaunting it! 10, Western University’s Women’s Studies and Feminist Research’s Annual Undergraduate Conference on Gender and Sexuality (March 2014)
  • Presenter, on Belonging and Indigenous Identity in Academia, Aboriginal Speak-In at Brock University (March 2014)
  • Panelist, on History of Canada’s Anti-Prostitution Laws to Current Human Trafficking Legislation, at Canada’s Prostitution Laws Ruled Unconstitutional by Supreme Court: Implications for Social Service Provision in the Forest City Moving Forward (March 2014)
  • Presenter, on the Importance of Decriminalization of Sex Work Within the Context of Labour Rights at OPSEU Women’s Committee on International Women’s Day (March 2014)
  • Panelist, Crisis Point: Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival (February 2014)
  • Panelist, Sex Work and the Prison Industrial Complex, Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival (February 2014)
  • Invited Speaker, on The Colonial Agenda Within Canada’s Anti-Prostitution Legislation and Human Trafficking Narratives and Discourses speaking to the broad theme of Indigeneity, Globalization and The Law at the Graduate Students’ Conference in Indigenous Research at Wilfred Laurier, Brantford Campus (January 2014)
  • Presenter, “Prostitution laws in Canada,” Sociology 3306F: Law and Social Inequality, Department of Sociology, Brescia University College (September 2013)
  • Presenter, on Exploring Connections Between Canada’s Anti-Prostitution Laws, Human Trafficking Legislation and the Colonial Agenda: To exploit Indigenous Lands and Bodies, Justice, Crime and Deviance: Graduate Conference at Wilfred Laurier University, Brantford Campus (April 2013)
  • Panelist, Idle No More Teach-In at King’s University College at Western University (March 2013)
  • Presenter, on Women’s Sexual Subjectivity and Sex Work, at Flaunting it! 9, Western University’s Women’s Studies and Feminist Research’s Annual Undergraduate Conference on Gender and Sexuality (March 2013)
  • Presenter, The Criminalization of Women and Mental Health, Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival (February 2013)
  • Panelist, “Lived Experiences of Aboriginal women” speaking to the broad theme of “Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence: Exploring the Continuum of Violence Against Women and Girls” (FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women, November 2012)
  • Developer, coordinator, and co-facilitator, Lifting Our Voices: Addressing Stigma in Post-Secondary Institutions at Western University, Indigenous Services (April 2012-June 2012)
  • Sex Work is Real Work, Ignite London (May 2012)
  • Facilitator, “Youth Leadership” speaking to the broader theme of “Importance of Education and Culture” at UCCM True Roots Youth Gathering (June 2011)
  • Youth Representatives, “Youth Mental Health and Justice: Strengthening Integration and Coordination Conference” (Re: Canadian Association Chiefs of Police, October 2009)