An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Leadership Development and First Nations Identity

Presenters: Ella Henry, Lynn Lavallee, Lana Leslie, and Rachel Maunganui Wolfgramm

Date: 5 April 2022


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This webinar provides First Nations perspectives on leadership development and First Nations identity. The international panel from Canada, Australia and New Zealand will share their perspectives, knowledge and lived experiences across a range of topics relating to First Nations identity and leadership development of First Nations peoples. Lynn Lavallee will discuss complexities of First Nations identity in Canada; particularly related to the Indian Act, the three Indigenous groups noted in the Constitution (First Nations, Metis and Inuit); and the impacts of pretendianism in the Academy. Lana Leslie will discuss the varied identity journeys of First Nations peoples in Australia including impacts of colonisation on identity; and the role of cultural identity in First Nations leadership. Ella Henry will outline an introduction to Maori society; the impacts of colonisation with a focus on leadership; and the revitalization of Maori society. Rachel Maunganui Wolfgramm will discuss Maori leadership and resilience in times of crisis; a brief overview of Māori in the Context of the CoVid Crisis; and discussion and framing of a resilience model.

Outcome of Attending

  • Gain First Nations perspectives from Canada, Australia and New Zealand

  • Learn importance of cultural identity to leadership development

Speaker Information

Ella Henry

Ella Henry is a Māori woman with tribal affiliations to the Far North of New Zealand. She holds a PhD in Māori emancipatory entrepreneurship, a MPhil in Management Studies, and a BA with a double major in Sociology and Māori Studies. Ella proudest achievement is that has raised three wāhine Māori (Māori women) who are strong, confident in their identity and culture, and smarter than her.

Lynn Lavallee

Dr. Lynn Lavallee is Anishinaabe Metis Qwe registered member of the Metis Nation of Ontario with maternal grandfather ties to Red River and paternal ties to the Metis historic community of Temiscaming.

Lynn completed a BA in Kinesiology and Psychology (YorkU), MSc in Community Health and PhD in Social Work (UofT). She is currently a full professor at XU and Strategic Lead, Indigenous Resurgence in the Faculty of Community Services.

Her expertise includes research ethics, Indigenous research methodology, and Indigenous health and well-being with a specific focus on advancing traditional healing practices.

Lana Leslie

Dr. Lana Leslie is a Kamilaroi woman with ancestral ties to Terry Hie Hie, Moree on her Grandmother’s Country and Coonabarabran on her Grandfather’s Country in North West NSW, Australia. Lana is the daughter of Kamilaroi Elder Uncle Ray Leslie. Lana also has Irish ancestry from her Mother. Lana’s qualifications include a PhD in Human Geography/Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, Master of Social Science and Bachelor of Social Science. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Gunnedah Hill Pty Ltd, an Aboriginal Management Consultancy in Sydney, Australia.

Rachel Maunganui Wolfgramm, PhD, serves as Associate Dean Māori, Associate Dean Pacific and Director of the Dame Mira Szászy Research Centre at the University of Auckland Business School. Rachel is of Te Aupōuri, Ngai Takoto and Whakatōhea descent and her heritage includes Vava’u Tonga, and Irish. Rachel lives in a lively household with her extended family including her grandson in Mahurangi, North Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.