In cooperation with SALUDO 2021 ( the Government of Alberta Canadian Heritage

Day 1 Panelists:

Dr. Toh Swee-Hin (S.H. Toh)

Bernadatte Iahtail

Funke Olokude


Read their bios below:

Dr. Toh Swee-Hin (S.H.Toh) is Professor Emeritus in Education of the University of Alberta (Canada). Born in Malaysia and a citizen of Canada and Australia, he has been a high school teacher and teacher educator in the interrelated fields of education for a culture of peace, nonviolence, human rights, social justice, intercultural understanding, interfaith dialogue, environmental sustainability, and global citizenship.Since 1986, he has collaborated with Filipino educators in promoting peace education programs, especially in the Mindanao region. He has contributed to several international networks and organizations including UNESCO, World Council for Curriculum & Instruction, International Peace Research Association (IPRA), Parliament of the World’s Religions, Religions for Peace, and the UNESCO-Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU). In 2000, he was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

Bernadette is co-founder and executive director of Creating Hope Society, a society founded for the survivors of the “The Sixties and Seventies Scoop of Aboriginal Children in Care”. She is an active member of Edmonton Coalition for Human Rights, Aboriginal coalitions, the Edmonton Aboriginal Leadership Team and Stony Plain Wapekin Leadership Team. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 John Humphrey Centre Gerald L. Gall Award for Peace and Human Rights, the 2018 Diversity Award “Friends of Diversity”, and the 2018 Star Blanket Award from Stony Plain Child and Family Services.Bernadette’s 60’s child welfare scoop life documentary is in the Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She also holds a social work diploma from UNBC as well as many certificates including Indigenous Leadership certificates from the Banff Centre. A member of the Anti-Racism Advisory Council of Alberta, she will be reflecting on the impact of racism on Indigenous peoples in Canada and ways to overcome such discrimination.

Funke is an energetic and innovative individual who works to deliver cutting-edge collaborative practice to promote a holistic approach on issues impacting individuals, systems, and policies. She is also an Intercultural Relationship Facilitator and Educator working to highlight the complex intersecting realities of vulnerable and marginalized individuals and families. She has over fifteen years of extensive work experience in the social service industry working with diverse populations and sectors in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta where she has continuously promoted equity in policy and practice that have led to transformational relationships between individuals and within systems. Funke has a B.A. Hons in Psychology from York University, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alberta, and is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. In 2020, Funke was named Top 40 under 40 for her continued work in influencing policy and practice across various sectors in Alberta. She currently serves on the board of the Edmonton Logos Society and the convener of a Community Leadership Circle.


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