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2022 CESBC Evaluation Conference #Eval2022BC

Evaluation: Access and Empowerment

Increasing the reach and impact of evaluation

October 28, 2022 ~ Vancouver Convention Centre | Sign up to the CESBC Newsletter to receive updates

Introducing Conference Keynote Speaker - Marissa Hill

Ahniin, núu, hadih, tansi, tawnshi, she:kon, kwei, kwe’, atelihai, ainngai, edlanet’e, oki, waaciye, bonjour, hello!

Marissa (she/her) is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, born and raised in Georgian Bay on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and within the historic Georgian Bay Metis Community, on pre-confederation treaty 5 and 16 territory. Marissa is the Indigenous Innovation Lab Manager at the Indigenous Innovation Initiative, where she is co-creating a first-of-its-kind pre-seed through scale innovation lab in partnership with community, partners, and innovators. She was previously the Knowledge Management and Translation Associate for the Indigenous Innovation Initiative, and continues to play a leadership role in knowledge and data governance, impact measurement, evaluation, and knowledge sharing functions. Marissa is committed to engaging in these activities through co-creation and using Indigenous methodologies that centre First Nation, Inuit, and Métis Worldviews, Values, Principles, and Protocols.

Marissa is the lead author of the Inquiry and Learning Bundle and the Indigenous Knowledges and Data Governance Protocol that were co-created in partnership with First Nation, Inuit, and Métis Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community members, and ecosystem partners and is the co-author of the Canadian Science and Policy Magazine article, Cultural Safety: The Criticality of Indigenous Knowledges and Data. Marissa’s expertise and passion is rooted in Indigenous data sovereignty, including intellectual property, and she enjoys sharing her learnings around decolonized research, evaluation, impact measurement, and performance measurement across Turtle Island – including on the stages of SOCAP, the Canadian Evaluation Society, the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, the Million Lives Club, and the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and in the boardrooms of numerous government offices.

Miigwetch, tsok sinlé, mussi cho, mikwêc, marsee, nia:wen, wela'lioq, nakurmiik, mársi,  nitsiniiyi'taki, haw’aa, merci, thank you!

Register for the PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP too.

Re-Imagining Indigenous Evaluation Systems

Pre-Conference Workshop - October 27th, 2022, Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1 ,Vancouver. REGISTER HERE.

Unlearning colonial ways of knowing and being is a lifelong journey, and how we go about Indigenous evaluation is very contextual - differing across people and places. Within Indigenous ways of knowing and being, we are not given everything we need to know all at one time. We are gifted and receive what we need to know, when and how we need to know it, and over time we add to the bundle of tools, resources, learnings, and relationships that we carry to help us navigate our journeys in life. Today, you won’t leave with an Indigenous evaluation “how to” – that is for you to gather on your own over time. Through this hands-on, dialogue-based workshop, you will engage in self and group reflection and discussion about Indigenous and Western evaluation methodologies and the key systemic barriers that exist within the context of Indigenous evaluation, and will start to articulate your individual and shared commitments to transform evaluation practice moving forward. This workshop is one stop on your journey of decolonizing your evaluation practice, and will give you one more experience to add to your bundle. This is for new and emerging evaluators, or long-term evaluators, and will be a safe space to start to unlearn and re-imagine critical aspects of your practice.

Conference Keynote

Research and evaluation is historically not a safe or affirming space for Indigenous Peoples, following centuries of racism, discrimination, and oppression of Indigenous ways of knowing and being and attempted erasure of Indigenous Peoples and inherent rights. Join us as we explore the history of colonization within the data collection and evaluation space and where we are at right now as a result, and as we create a shared vision for a path forward. Bringing in key themes and learnings from the pre-conference workshop and across the global ecosystem, we will explore critical systemic barriers to Indigenous Peoples becoming evaluators or accessing evaluation services, and equip you with some of what you need to start to individually and collectively transform your evaluation practice. We will work from a place of humility, love, and respect while we curiously question the current evaluation regime, dream up an equitable and inclusive evaluation future, and create space to keep this conversation alive.

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