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Weaving our Worldviews: Social Transformation and Indigenous Practices

Meet SHIFT’s first innovator-in-residence

Date & time
Monday, November 25, 2019
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse




Tiffany Ashoona


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheelchair accessible



Join SHIFT in welcoming Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse for a series of conversations and workshops about social transformation and Indigenous innovation.

On Monday, November 25, 2019 Jodi and her guest facilitator, Aleeya Velji, will be at Concordia's 4TH SPACE to explore the theme of Weaving Our Worldviews: Social Transformation and Indigenous Practices through various media including storytelling, interactive activities and an evening keynote conversation.

All events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP here, indicating which events you plan to attend.


Schedule of events

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Opening and Storytelling circle 

The Ohèn:ton Karihwatéhkwen will be done by Elder Amelia McGregor, followed by a storytelling circle. Jodi, an inspiring storyteller, will host a conversation with participants about her experiences weaving Indigenous worldviews into social innovation processes.  

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Interactive activities and film screening

4TH SPACE in an experiential learning venue, providing opportunities for the public to interact with knowledge creation at Concordia. Jodi and Aleeya will host hands-on activities, allowing visitors to explore social innovation tools developed with the Edmonton Shift Lab.  A short film by Miyo Pimatisiwin Productions will be screened in the cinema booth.  SHIFT staff will also be available to answer questions about our new Funding and Support Program

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Keynote conversation: SHIFTing Innovation

In line with our vision and values, SHIFT aims to take an approach to social transformation that champions Indigenous worldviews and centers voices that are often sidelined in social innovation discourse.  Charmaine Lyn, Interim Director of SHIFT will host a conversation with Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse about integrate Indigenous leadership in social change work.

Meet our Guests

Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse

Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse is of Cree and Mohawk descent from the Michel First Nation. She uses film, radio, and other media to tell stories and break down social barriers between Indigenous people and the broader community. Through her work with the Edmonton Shift Lab, the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge at the University of Alberta, and many other projects, she brings Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing to questions of institutional change and social transformation.

Aleeya Velji

Aleeya Velji has extensive experience supporting transformational change in both large and small-scale organizations.  A creative thinker who thrives on developing and adapting processes to support systemic change, Aleeya has been instrumental in the creation of an education-based innovation lab within the Ministry of Education in Alberta (Studio 44).  Aleeya and Jodi have collaborated through their stewardship of the Edmonton Shift Lab. 

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