Albert G. D. Beck: Indigneous Perspectives on Wellness

Over the past twenty-five years, Albert has brought his background…

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Over the past twenty-five years, Albert has brought his background in health, social policy and human rights defending to the forefront of Indigenous issues in Canada. His experience includes frontline client work, senior program and policy development, research, advisor/mentoring, public education, senior public administration, and printed publications.

Albert has led several national initiatives in HIV/AIDS, 2S-LGBTQQIAAP (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual), gender-based violence and the Sixties Scoop. His advice has been sought by many communities, municipal, provincial, and national HIV/AIDS committees, most notably the former Public Health Agency’s National Aboriginal Council on HIV/AIDS, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and as a Community and Leadership Program Committee Member for the International AIDS Society’s conference, AIDS 2020. Albert is a past Chair and President of the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy in Ontario. Albert was awarded the 2016 Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network HIV Exceptional Leadership Award for his dedication, passion, leadership, and commitment to the Indigenous AIDS movement in Canada. Albert is currently a member of the CIHR HIV/AIDS and STBBI Research Advisory Committee (CHASRAC)

Albert is passionate about gender and sexual diversity issues. He is a founding member of the Two-Spirits in Motion Society and the Two-Spirit Michif Local and Lii Michif Otipemisiwak 2SLGBTQ+ & Allies Local within the governance structure of the Manitoba Métis Federation. He published a short story in the book titled “Speaking the Wisdom of our Time.” The chapter titled “Li nom di noor ka pawaachikayt (Dreaming Bear Man) – A Métis Two-Spirit Journey” looks into his process of becoming a Two-Spirit. His current focus is on implementing the National 2SLGBTQQIA+ Action Plan as part of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLBGTQQIA+ Action Plan Implementation Committee, creating a Métis Nation Sixties Scoop Wellness Centre in Manitoba and leading the search initiative for Red River Métis children who died while attending Residential and Day Schools.

On the world stage, Albert became the first Métis Nation citizen to be part of the 2017 Indigenous Fellowship Program offered by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. As a United Nations Indigenous Fellow, he presented an intervention on Sixties Scoop issues at the 10th Expert Mechanism on the Right of Indigenous Peoples.

Albert is the Director of Sixties Scoop at the Manitoba Métis Federation. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his husband, Dr. J. Craig Phillips.

Schedule

Wednesday, 5 October 2:30pm - 3:20pm