The 22nd An­nual Vi­sion Quest Con­fer­ence & Trade Show

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The 22nd an­nual Vi­sion Quest Con­fer­ence & Trade Show was held May 15 to 17 at the RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba, Canada. The event wel­comed over 90 ex­hibitors and 1000 at­ten­dees for a sold out show. Del­e­gates trav­elled to Win­nipeg for the event from across Canada, from as far away as Nu­navut and the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, as well as from the United States. The del­e­ga­tion was as di­verse as were the con­fer­ence work­shops and ex­hibitors. Peo­ple from all walks of life came together to cel­e­brate Indige­nous busi­ness, com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. Bustling with ac­tiv­ity, the con­fer­ence left del­e­gates feel­ing re-en­er­gized and mo­ti­vated to con­tinue on their cho­sen paths.

Dar­rick Bax­ter, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Ogoki Learn­ing Inc., and Kas Sav­age, pub­lic fig­ure, model and in­ter­na­tion­ally ranked body-builder. A Sur­vival In­struc­tor, Sav­age was at the event rep­re­sent­ing the In­ter­na­tional Canadian School of Sur­vival (I.C.S.O.S).

“The whole [Vi­sion Quest] ex­pe­ri­ence was a breath of fresh air. The dy­nam­ics, di­ver­sity and op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered at this event were be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions. I am ex­cited to watch busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als grow per­son­ally and within the com­mu­ni­ties. Be­ing a part of the gala was also a great hon­our. To feast with strangers who be­came ac­quain­tances, to hear the speak­ers and singers, and to see the dancers was heart­warm­ing and breath­tak­ing. I am thank­ful for this priv­i­lege.”

- Kas Sav­age

Even Dar­rick Bax­ter can be star struck. “I’ve al­ways been a sports fan and meet­ing Kas (Sav­age) at Vi­sion Quest was amaz­ing and even some­what in­tim­i­dat­ing. You never re­al­ize how tall some­one is un­til you meet them in per­son. Although I tried to hold back my ex­cite­ment, I just couldn’t stop smil­ing. Kas is amaz­ing!”

Key­note Speaker, Earl Lam­bert and SAY Mag­a­zine Co-Pub­lisher Do­minick Blais.

“The mag­ni­tude of this event was some­thing I didn’t ex­pect – it’s huge! Peo­ple come here and they feel spe­cial be­cause they are ac­knowl­edged in such a re­mark­able way. The over­all dec­o­ra­tion of the event helps peo­ple to feel like they are in a whole new class. It’s been run­ning for 22 years, and it keeps get­ting big­ger and bet­ter. To be a part of it as it con­tin­ues to bloom and ex­plode is an hon­our and priv­i­lege.”

- Earl Lam­bert

SAY Mag­a­zine Co-Pub­lisher Kent Brown with Kaska artist Den­nis Shorty and wife Jen­nifer Fröehling.

Den­nis and Jen­nifer make up the mu­si­cal duo Dena Zagi whose al­bum Gu­cho Hin was nom­i­nated for Best Inuit, Indige­nous Lan­guage or Fran­co­phone Al­bum at the 2018 Indige­nous Mu­sic Awards. While at the Man­ito Ah­bee Fes­ti­val in Win­nipeg the pair took some time to visit with SAY at the Vi­sion Quest trade show.

Den­nis de­scribed his Vi­sion Quest ex­pe­ri­ence as “find­ing one-self with what you do best (Dih deni deka nin­tah miyeh diyeh endi yeh)”.

SAY Mag­a­zine was hon­oured to be a part of the event as a spon­sor and trade show ex­hibitor. We spoke to many in­spir­ing peo­ple over the course of the event and had the priv­i­lege of sit­ting down with one of the key­note speak­ers. See page 17 for our in­ter­view with mo­ti­va­tional speaker and in­spi­ra­tional sto­ry­teller Earl Lam­bert.

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