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Speakers

Melanie Squire

Iroquois Roots Rugby
Canada

Melanie Squire is the Co-Founder and President of Iroquois Roots Rugby (IRR) which she began with her daughter, Meagan, in 2018.
IRR’s vision is to engage Indigenous youth in the sport of rugby while preserving Indigenous culture while recognizing the unique environments of the 133 First Nations communities in Ontario, Canada.

From humble beginnings of 3 athletes, just 4 years later IRR has 65 registered athletes comprising 3 sides and a Mini Rugby program.

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Sessions

  • Social Change
    Social Change
    The Power of Rugby for Indigenous Youth in Canada
    Explore the power of rugby to empower Indigenous Youth and find out why its benefits go beyond the game.

    A mother and daughter duo co-founded Canada’s Iroquois Roots Rugby initiative and they share their experience and insights with us including the need for Indigenous endeavours to be Indigenous-led. As a touring team member says, “rugby isn’t just a sport, it’s medicine”.

    Session Title: Empowering indigenous youth through rugby

    In-person session
    9:15am - 10:00am
    Social Change

    A mother and daughter duo co-founded Canada’s Iroquois Roots Rugby initiative and they share their experience and insights with us including the need for Indigenous endeavours to be Indigenous-led. As a touring team member says, “rugby isn’t just a sport, it’s medicine”.

    Session Title: Empowering indigenous youth through rugby

    Format: Workshop
    Lenses:
    • Indigeneity
    visibility & voice

    A mother and daughter duo co-founded Canada’s Iroquois Roots Rugby initiative and they share their experience and insights with us including the need for Indigenous endeavours to be Indigenous-led. As a touring team member says, “rugby isn’t just a sport, it’s medicine”.

    Session Title: Empowering indigenous youth through rugby

    Format: Workshop
    Lenses:
    • Indigeneity

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