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Indigenous History in Animal Welfare: Why It Matters

Animal Welfare, Human-Animal Bond, Pets, Webinars

June 21, 2023

The SaskSPCA’s mission is to amplify a system of best practices in animal welfare across Saskatchewan. The people in our community power us to execute our mission and achieve our animal welfare goals. We believe it’s essential to support causes that affect people, including Indigenous history, culture, and reconciliation.

Indigenous history and animal welfare have strong connections. Unfortunately, many Indigenous communities have been negatively impacted by animal welfare-related laws and efforts. How important are animals in Indigenous culture? How are animal welfare organizations supporting Indigenous communities and their animals? The SaskSPCA is pleased to offer a free webinar to discuss these questions and more. Join us at 7 PM on Thursday, June 29th, for presentations from Elder Betty McKenna and Meagan Schmitz and Monique Schultz from Canine Action Project.

Click here to register for this free webinar

About the speakers:

Elder Betty McKenna is Anishinaabe, born in Opaswayuk (The Pas), Manitoba, and her family reserve is Sapotaweyak. She follows the traditions of her people, speaks her traditional language, conducts numerous ceremonies, and gathers medicines. She is involved in many research projects and is a lecturer at the First Nations University of Canada and Luther College in Regina.





Meagan Schmitz is the Vice President of Canine Action Project (CAP), having joined the organization in 2014. Meagan is proud to be Metis and has over 12 years of experience working in the animal welfare sector. Meagan lives in Prince Albert with her husband, three dogs, two cats, and a revolving door of foster animals.





Monique Schultz is the Co-Founder and President of Canine Action Project (CAP). CAP was formed in 2011, became an organization in 2012, and received charitable status in 2013. Monique is passionate about helping people and animals live healthier, safer, and happier lives. Monique is proud to be Metis and currently lives in Lashburn with her husband, three children, five dogs, and six cats.