We are pleased to announce our keynotes speakers – Sheila Laroque and Monique Woroniak!
Sheila Laroque is Métis, and originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, and an M.I. from the University of Toronto’s iSchool. Sheila has worked in a variety of libraries since 2013, including public, academic and special libraries. She is passionate about making libraries more accessible and relevant for Indigenous people and communities, and centering relationship building within these processes. She is currently working as an Academic Librarian Resident on the University of Alberta’s Decolonizing Description project.
Information Services Librarian, Winnipeg Public Library
A librarian with Winnipeg Public Library since 2007, Monique Woroniak is a frequent presenter in the areas of community development and anti-racist approaches to service delivery—specifically, the ways non-Indigenous organizations can responsibly learn and take direction from Indigenous peoples. She serves on the Indigenous Matters Committee of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations and was named the Dalhousie Horrocks National Leadership Lecturer for 2017. In 2015 Monique co-founded groundworkforchange.org, a website designed to educate non-Indigenous peoples about Indigenous-related topics with the goal of building relationships rooted in solidarity and justice. The site has been shared widely across the country. In 2016 she received a CBC Manitoba Future 40 Award that recognized her as one of “the province’s next generation of leaders, builders, and change-makers under the age of 40.”