Odile Joannette


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Odile Joannette is the Executive Director of Wapikoni Mobile. She has been working for nearly twenty years to defend and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples and to improve their living conditions. She has served on the Council of the Ordre de Montréal from 2017 to 2019 and is one of the fifteen members of the Table sur la diversité, l’inclusion et la lutte contre les discriminations of the City of Montréal. A graduate of UQAM, specialized in communications and public relations, she became involved in 2002 in the Quebec Native Women’s Movement.

In 2007, she collaborated on the development and opening of the first Indigenous early-childhood centre in Montréal and helped create the Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK. She is a founding member and administrator of DestiNATIONS: Carrefour International des Arts et Cultures des Peuples autochtones and continues her commitment to ensure that Montréal finally has a major cultural and tourist infrastructure.

She was Director of Partnerships and Communications at Commission responsable du développement des ressources humaines, de l’emploi et de la formation for the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador before accepting the position of Executive Director for the Wapikoni Mobile.