ATIA: Orange Shirt Day – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

September 30, 2023, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm MST

To join the online Orange Shirt Day event, click on the  Zoom Link


Guest Speakers and Presenters


Louis Lapatack – Presenter

Louis is Cree, born in Kehewin, Alberta (kinokamâsihk ê-kî-nihtâwikit) but he is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, where he resides. He is a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a Vietnam Veteran with the US Army. He is a fluent speaker in nêhiyawêwin and is a sessional instructor at University nuxełhot’įne thaaɁehots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills (UnBQ) and is also a translator. Louis loves sports and at the age of 78 still plays hockey. He will be participating in the North American Senior Indigenous Games being held in Edmonton Alberta from September 30th to October 1st.



Tina Wellman – Presenter

Chair – ATIA Indigenous Languages Committee      Member – FIT Indigenous Languages Committee

Tina is a Woodland/Northern Plains Cree speaker, sakâw nêhiyaw iskwêw. She holds an MA in Indigenous Languages and has been accepted in the iyiniw pimâtisiwin kiskeyihtamowin Doctoral Program at University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills. She currently heads the Language Resource Department at University nuxełhot’įne thaaɁehots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills (UnBQ), which develops resources for both Denesųłinẻ and nêhiyawêwin. In addition to resource building, Tina’s role at UnBQ also involves course instruction, language support for students, facilitating language and healing workshops, and fundraising activities, with experience in curriculum development.


Roula Salam – Host

Roula is the current President of ATIA, a council member of the International Federation of Translators (FIT), and is on the CAN CGSB Working Committee for translation and interpretation standards. Roula teaches English language and intercultural communication at the English Language School at the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and is an Arabic-English translator. She holds a PhD degree in English Literature from Queen’s University, Ontario.





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