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Tanya Kappo


​Tanya Kappo is from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. She has worked tirelessly towards creating awareness towards the need for authentic reconciliation of Indigenous people in Canada, in her professional life and her personal life.  

She is one of the lead editors of the Kino-nda-niimi Collective for the book, “The Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement”. She is a faculty member at Dechinta University where she guest lectures on “Our Land, Our Life: Dene Self-Determination in Theory and Practice.” 

She is also a member of the National Collective for Walking With Our Sisters.

She has delivered presentations on Indigenous Rights in Canada to a variety of post-secondary institutions including the University of Alberta, the University of Manitoba, the University of Victoria, Richard Ivey Business School, Dartmouth University, the University of Winnipeg and the Red River College.

She has also been invited to give keynote addresses and panel participation at various conferences and meetings such as the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women; The Edmonton Lifelong Learning Association; Feminist Art Conference; Silence No More; Edmonton LitFest; Indigenous Circumpolar Women's Gathering; and Global Shapers Edmonton “Preparing for Davos”.

She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. She also completed International Law at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Tanya also contributes to media awareness of Indigenous issues and perspectives by having op/ed pieces published in national news venues; as well as numerous appearances on television news reports and radio shows. 

Tanya works for the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, where she provides advisory support and assistance.  She also practices law in Edmonton where her current focus is solely on representing survivors of Indian Residential Schools. 

Tanya is a mother of three children.

Updated: 12/2/2015 4:25 PM

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