Leah Gazan is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Treaty 4 territory. She is currently teaching in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Leah’s career has focused on community capacity building and development, dedicating the majority of her efforts to supporting the advancement of First Nations across Canada.
Leah is currently serving terms as a board member on the Board of Governors at Red River College and as a council member on the Manitoba Lotteries Research Council. Leah just completed serving a five year term as the President of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, a non-profit organization committed to providing leadership and support in the area of social planning and socially responsible policy development.
Leah has been a very active participant in social movements including as a participant in Idle No More and most recently as a founder of the #WeCare campaign aimed at working with the boarder Canadian public to participate in ensuring the end of violence against Indigenous women and girls. In 2015, Leah was one of six people across Canada to be selected for the International Leadership Program with the United States Consulate. Leah was also recently selected to present at the Standing Committee on the Status of Women in Ottawa to testify about how the federal government has fared in addressing the issue of violence against Indigenous women and girls.
In April 2015 Leah was one of two representatives selected by the Province of Manitoba to make at statement at the United Nations Permanent forum for Indigenous people about the need to acknowledge injustices that were perpetrated against Indigenous adoptees during the Sixties Scoop.