In this presentation, Ian looks at how we define success. As a leadership speaker, he encourages us to ask ourselves how much we can help vs. how much we can hoard.
As a founding member of A Tribe Called Red and a recognized activist and ally, Ian is keenly aware of the power of his art in creating positive change. Ian taps into the conversations we’re having on campus and in our communities, and the ones we need to be having more of. In this interactive, one hour show, Ian engages students on topics that matter to them such as mental health, identity, anti-racism, allyship, consent, pop culture, and current events. You’ll hear from Ian and he’ll also pick up the phone to call on some of his friends from music, film, and TV. Appearing by live video or phone, special guests may include names like Strombo, Tegan Quin (Tegan & Sara), Shad, Grimes, Damian Abraham, Tanya Tagaq, Chris Hannah (Propagandhi), and more. Each presentation is different from the last, with Ian connecting directly with students and a different cast of celebrities. Breaking down the barriers between students and pop culture role models, this open format allows for discussion and Q&A between students, Ian, and his guests.
With the success of A Tribe Called Red, Ian has experienced levels of exhilaration like no other. But success never comes easy. He’s faced some devastating lows, including an incident that made him realize the importance of taking care of one’s mental health. While touring Australia, he had an anxiety attack, severe enough to almost cancel the tour. Dealing with the loss of his father, his wife’s bout with cancer, demands around his music career and advocacy work had all taken a toll. Ian was able to get the support he needed to complete the tour and now candidly shares his ongoing experience with mental health and wellness. He discusses the pathways and potential barriers involved in recovery, while highlighting the need for creative outlets, work-life balance, and a strong support network.
This is an opportunity for Indigenous students and youth to connect with Ian, and each other, about their experiences. Creating music for Indigenous youth, A Tribe Called Red are role models for young Indigenous people who look to find reflections of themselves in mainstream culture and media. As a youth advocate and a participant in the “We Matter” campaign, Ian stresses how important Indigenous youth are and he works to combat increasing suicide rates and mental health crises. This conversational format creates a safe and open environment for Indigenous students to discuss their goals, challenges, and experiences navigating campus life. Ian guides an interactive discussion that touches on themes of identity, community, mental health, balance between school work and social life, racism, activism, healing, reconciliation and more.
Ian offers fascinating discussions in interview formats. He can touch on a range of issues including Mental Health, Indigenous Issues, human rights, art, activism & more.
Juno Award | Breakthrough Group of the Year
Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards | Best Group
Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards | Best Album