Charlene Bearhead

Education Coordinator, National Inquiry Into Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Girls


Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience. Charlene currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and volunteers as the co-chair of the Downie-Wenjack Fund Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Pathways to Education Canada Indigenous Education Advisory Circle and works to support the Alberta Joint Commitment to Action: Education for Reconciliation.

Charlene most recently served as the first Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. Prior to that, she was the National Coordinator for Project of Heart and for the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation, the primary goal of which was to educate Canadians on the legacy of federal government policy on various ethnic groups throughout Canada’s history and to promote respect and reconciliation.

Charlene coordinated the Education Days within the TRC National Events for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which focused on inspiring teachers and students to further educate themselves around the history and legacy of residential schools, as well as to support and facilitate the building of positive and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.

My Session

NTGAE: Keynote Address – Leading the Way Together: Walking Side by Side

Frontenac Ballroom

At this pivotal time in Canada’s history, education is more critically important than ever before. With the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the newly-acknowledged gaps in the education of all Canadians, leadership in education is key. In this keynote, Charlene Bearhead, the former Education Lead for the National […]