2017 Keynote Presenters
Adam Beach is an Anishinaabe actor, known for many acclaimed films including Smoke Signals, Dance Me Outside, Flags of Our Fathers, Windtalkers, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and more. Born in Ashern, Manitoba, Beach spent his early years growing up on the Lake Manitoba/Dog Creek First Nation. After the tragic deaths of both his mother and father, Adam and his two brothers went to live in Winnipeg with an aunt and uncle. It was at Gordon Bell High School where Beach attended his first drama class, and began performing in local theatre productions. Acting eventually led Adam to a very successful career in entertainment. In response to his dream of helping Aboriginal youth find a better way in life through film, Adam founded the Adam Beach Film Institute. In early 2012, an initial gift of donation from San Gold Corporation enabled Adam to begin to see the realization of this dream.
Kyle Nobess has always dreamt of being an actor, and through perseverance, hard work and self-belief he has been fortunate to work in film and television in a variety of ways. Today he is a recognizable and established Aboriginal actor and screenwriter, YouTube artist, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Kyle’s passion is to share his courage and message to youth around the world that dreams are possible, and anything is achievable when you set your mind to something. Drawing from his own experiences, Kyle shares his journey of recovery from drugs and alcohol and the healing path to getting a second chance at life. Through personal development and finding inner strength, Kyle is proud to say he has experienced true freedom within his body, spirit and mind – that well-being is achievable, and that dreams are indeed possible for each of us.