Ian Campeau of A Tribe Called Red - ULSU Academic Speaker Series

The University of Lethbridge Students' Union is proud to present this year's Academic Speaker Feature, Ian Campeau, with special guest moderator Nova Browning Rutherford.

Ian will be joining us on campus to talk about the importance about taking care of one's own mental health and speaking openly about how men can act as allies in the effort to end violence against women. Ian will be joined by student wellness expert Nova Browning Rutherford in leading the conversation and connecting the discussion to our campus audience.

Following the talk, Nova will conduct group wellness workshops with students to combat stress and promote self-care. 

Then in the evening, we will be wrapping up the campus visit with a headline performance by DJ NDN up in our Students' Union Ballrooms. Local acts and performances to be announced.

Schedule for the day:

11am - 1st Choice Centre Doors Open 
12pm - Talk followed by discussion with Nova and Q&A
3pm - Workshops
9pm - Performances in the Students' Union Ballrooms begin

Ticket provides entry into all events, entry into the workshops and evening performances based on capacity.


About Ian:
A charismatic, impassioned speaker, Ian draws attention to societal inequalities while promoting discussion and sharing of knowledge to help bring about change. He is political, articulate and keenly aware of the power of his art.

Inspired by parties for Korean and South Asian youth in the Ottawa region, Ian and friends began to host parties known as ‘Electric Pow Wow’ in 2007. The events feature a mixture of powwow recordings from his youth mixed with electronic music rhythms set to the backdrop of multimedia shows that re-contextualized stereotypical depictions of Aboriginal peoples from films and television shows. This was the founding of A Tribe Called Red.

The group is best known for their unique style, known as ‘Powwowstep, which combines both tradition and modern innovation. The genre fuses modern hip-hop, traditional pow wow drums and vocals, along with edgy electronic music production styles. 

After recording several EPs, the group officially debuted in 2012 with their full-length self-titled album, which found the trio longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. Their sophomore effort, 2013’s Nation II Nation, also made it onto the Polaris shortlist, finishing in the final ten. In 2016, ATCR returned with their third full-length album, We Are the Halluci Nation, featuring guest appearances from rapper Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), indigenous Canadian drum group Black Bear, Australia’s OKA, and others.

Ian and ATCR are one of a group of emerging aboriginal thought leaders who are building what Campeau calls a “civil rights movement” for their minority community. He promotes inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice. Ian believes believe that indigenous people need to define their identity on their own terms.

In 2013, Ian successfully filed a human rights complaint against an amateur football club in Ottawa that had been using “Redskins” as its club name. The team is now called the Nepean Eagles. He advocates for the need to have a policy drafted on the use of indigenous identities and imagery in sports.

In addition to his music, Ian is equally engaged in his family project, raising three children with his strong partner and living on a ranch just outside of Ottawa where they grow their own food and some livestock.

“I am a role model for a lot of indigenous people and there are a lot of health issues with the food that we’re eating.” Aboriginals have high rates of obesity and diabetes, and “if I can try and change and show that just by dropping fried food, just get a salad or something like that, it makes a big difference.”

About Nova:

On stage Nova shares stories that offer penetrating insights into the human condition. Her presentations are authentic, compassionate, and tell-it-like-it-is, while at the same time offering a touch of humour. Nova is a speaker who shares a dialogue with her audience. Her presentations are often accompanied by longer Q&A’s with audiences put to ease, and eager to engage in a deeper conversation around the topic at hand. Professionally, Nova spent over a decade working behind the scenes in Hollywood in marketing and promotions. Tales of the music business pique the interest of pop culture junkies, while her witty quips, heartfelt anecdotes and candid vulnerability drive every point home. Nova masterfully weaves the life lessons she has gathered from her interactions with celebrities and the downtrodden alike to deliver instantly relatable workshops, motivational talks, and results driven coaching sessions. Participants walk away with a fresh appreciation for their past, bold affirmation of their power to transform their current experience and effective tools to manifest dreams in the future. Nova has presented to audiences such as the United Nations Association, YWCA, NAACP, COCA, Oprah Winfrey Network, University of Toronto, City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Dufferin-Peel School Board, Historica Canada and many others.