Monday, May 15, 2017
5/12/17 Red Lunar Moon/ Red Rhythmic Dragon - Spectral Serpent Moon of Liberation, Day 11
Adam Beach, Salteaux, one of the most recognizable Native actors, will energize the crowd at Vision Quest. (Facebook @VQConference)
Kyle Nobess has always dreamed of being an actor, and through perseverance, hard work and self-belief he has been fortunate to work in film and television in various ways. Today he is a recognizable and established Aboriginal actor and screenwriter, YouTube artist, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Kyle’s passion is to share his courage and message with youth around the world, that dreams are possible and anything is achievable when you set your mind to something. Drawing from his own experiences, Kyle shares his journey of recovery from drugs and alcohol and the healing path to getting a second chance at life. Through personal development and finding inner strength, Kyle is proud to say he has experienced true freedom within his body, spirit and mind – that well-being is attainable, and that dreams are indeed possible for each of us.
Each year, Vision Quest names a distinguished members of the Aboriginal business community as its Honourary Chair. This year that person is Sheila North Wilson, a member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation. She was elected as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) in September 2015. Previous to that position, she served as the Chief Communication Officer at Assembly for Manitoba Chiefs, a CBC journalist and CTV correspondent, an economic development officer, a radio personality, and a Cree translator. She holds diplomas in business and community development, a certificate in radio and television broadcasting, and a diploma in Creative Communications. A gifted writer, a Radio Television Digital News Association award winner, and a Gemini Award nominee, Wilson is passionate about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). With this in mind, she created the hashtag #MMIW which is now commonly used on social media. She continues to work closely with families, friends, as well as Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders to advance the political will to address racism and the issues around violence against Indigenous people.
Delegates of Vision Quest have an exclusive opportunity to register for one of two full-day Pre-Conference Courses, running concurrently on Tuesday May 16. Delegates can choose from one of the following two courses:
“From Vision to Reality: How to Start a Successful Business”: This business workshop will provide answers to get businesses up and running, and share information about tools, resources and money that may be available to help start businesses.
“Rise Above: Living a Life Teachings”: From tipi to talking stick, interactive and experiential, this course explores cultural teachings that challenge participants to reflect on the sacred, identity, their own untapped potentials and personal barriers to the life they want.
Free Public Lecture:
On Wednesday May 17, from 7-9pm, the public is invited to attend a free public lecture a topic of great importance to northern communities.
“Ice Roads and Cargo Airships: State of Technology and Opportunities for the North”: The impact of climate change on the ice roads of Manitoba is impossible to ignore. Since 1997, their season has been halved, and the wide temperature variations now experienced are increasing the risk of using these life-lines to remote, fly-in communities. Fortunately, a solution to the failing ice road system may be just around the corner – cargo airships. Airship technology is being rediscovered, just like electric cars and wind turbines, as part of a new low-carbon future. Dr. Barry Prentice is a recognized expert in airship technology, and will be presenting the results of 17 years of research in this field.
“Presentation of the Elijah Harper Service Dog Award”: On Thursday May 18 over lunch, the Manitoba Search and Rescue (MSAR) service dogs program will be making a special presentation to a deserving candidate. The award is named after Elijah Harper, a founding member of MSAR, who was instrumental in the development and advocacy of service dogs for the disabled.
The inaugural recipient in 2014 was a military veteran suffering with a rare disorder that caused him to shake uncontrollably. The miracle dog awarded to him cured his pacing and speech issues. In 2015, the recipient was a child who had a rare seizure disorder. Her service dog was trained to detect and notify of these seizures, saving the little girl’s life on multiple occasions, and giving the family peace of mind. In 2016, a dog was awarded to a firefighter who suffered physical and psychological injuries while saving the life of a fellow firefighter. This year, the award will go to an RCMP officer suffering from PTSD.
Dragon’s Quest Business Plan Competition:
Vision Quest Conferences Inc. is pleased to once again partner with the Aboriginal Business Service Network in presenting the Dragon’s Quest Business Plan Competition. Cash prizes totaling $10,000 are awarded in two categories – Rural and Urban (City of Winnipeg) – to assist winners in turning their business dreams into reality. Three finalists in each category will present their business plans to a panel of judges, with the winners announced at the Gala Banquet on Thursday May 18.
It’s a Vision Quest tradition to close the conference with a Gala Banquet on Thursday evening. This year’s Gala features a three-course dinner, presentation of awards for the Dragon’s Quest Business Plan Competition and Steve Prince Memorial Bursary, cultural presentation by Plains Ojibway Singers and Dance Troupe, and entertainment by renowned comedian Don Burnstick.
Trade Show With Free Public Admission:
More than 90 exhibitors will be on display at Vision Quest’s Trade Show, representing business suppliers, service providers, hospitality groups, career opportunities, economic organizations, educational institutions, information services, and a wide selection of artists and artisans. Free Public Admission is open Wednesday May 17 (8:30am to 4:30pm) and Thursday May 18 (8:30am to 2:30pm).
About Vision Quest:
Vision Quest Conferences Inc. is a community based charitable organization formed through partnerships with Manitoba’s five Aboriginal Community Futures Development Corporations (Cedar Lake CFDC, Dakota Ojibway CFDC, Kitayan CFDC, North Central CFDC, Southeast CFDC).
Vision Quest thanks the following sponsors to date for their support: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Province of Manitoba, MSAR Service Dogs, South Beach Casino & Resort, World Trade Centre Winnipeg, First Peoples Economic Growth Fund, Aboriginal Business Service Network, Animikii Indigenous Technology, Bell MTS, City of Winnipeg – Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak, Enbridge Pipelines, Northern Values, Amik.ca, APTN, First Nations Voice, NCI FM, NOW Country 104.7, and SAY Magazine. www.vqconference.com.*
Kin 249: Red Lunar Moon
I polarize in order to purify
I seal the process of universal water
With the lunar tone of challenge
I am guided by the power of birth.
The closer we get to the present moment the more details there are; this is because the closer we get to the present the more we have to remember and the more material archives we need in order to hold all of the information bits.*
*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017.
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Svadhistana Chakra (Kali Plasma)