People look to Leah for candid political & advocacy advice, a desire to make a positive impact, and to build community support for a variety of important causes. Here’s what some of those people have to say about her.
Leah has facilitated important conversations with groups of professional staff and groups of shop-floor union members. Her skill and compassion opened the doors to the kind of honesty and attitude changes we need to shift the conversation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
—Ken Neumann, Canadian National Director, United Steelworkers
Leah’s cultural proficiency training provided us with both a philosophical background and practical knowledge to implement the OCAP principles when facilitating research with Indigenous communities. It is clear that her own experiences and advocacy work have allowed her to develop an approach that prioritizes Indigenous wisdom and practice. I highly recommend her expertise for researchers who want to develop a truly collaborative approach in their work with Indigenous peoples.
—Vicki Chartrand, Associate Professor, Bishop’s University
Leah Gazan is a thinker and educator who is able to combine a modern, critical sensibility with a sense of humour and humility that both inspires and evokes change. Her experience and leadership is remarkable. From Idle No More to struggles in boardrooms and living rooms I've marched with her, listened to her speak, and appeared in books alongside her. She is a voice everyone - from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities - needs to hear from.
—Niigaan Sinclair, Columnist, The Winnipeg Free Press & Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
"Leah Gazan is a skilled and respectful facilitator, highly knowledgeable in a diverse range of issues related to Indigenous peoples in Canada. This makes her the ideal person to facilitate any meeting or function: with her passion for justice and her keen perspectives on current affairs, Leah creates an atmosphere that encourages healthy and well-informed dialogue."
—Steve Heinrichs, Indigenous-Settler Relations director, Mennonite Church Canada
“Leah Gazan is one of the fiercest advocates for the Indigenous community and has been instrumental in providing guidance and resources for our documentary “Gone Missing” which addresses the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.
From the perspective of a non-Canadian, she has guided us through the culture, history, psychology, and meaningful presence of Indigenous matters with incisive accuracy and delicate sensitivity.
From academia to public speaking, radio and tv commentary, to lending a helping hand in the community where it’s needed, Leah transforms lives fighting for policy change in communities across the country.
I am constantly in awe of all the great work that she continues to do.”
— Leslie Owen, Founder OWEN Media Group Los Angelas California, Award Winning Documentarian
Leah Gazan is a skilled and respectful facilitator, highly knowledgeable in a diverse range of issues related to Indigenous peoples in Canada. This makes her the ideal person to facilitate any meeting or function: with her passion for justice and her keen perspectives on current affairs, Leah creates an atmosphere that encourages healthy and well-informed dialogue.
—Ellen Gabriel, Indigenous human rights activist, Kanien'kehá;ka of Kanehsatà:ke
(Photo Credit: Alan Lissner Photo)