I am a skilled group facilitator and I use diverse techniques including circle work and design thinking. I facilitate brainstorming, community consultations, focus groups, design-thinking workshops, and critical discussions and engagements in many forms.
I assist businesses, non-profits, government organizations, schools and universities approach reconciliation in a grounded and informed way by providing tailored research and education.
In addition, I facilitate solutions and consult on a strategy to implement and achieve expectations under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice.
I provide lectures, seminars,
learning circles, and curriculum development from a “wholistic,”
interdisciplinary, and critical framework.
I am grounded in Indigenous worldviews and embrace multiple ways of knowing in my teaching. I am flexible and adaptable to groups of all ages, sizes, and education levels.
My name is Leah Horzempa. I am Métis from around Georgian Bay area in Ontario. I am a lawyer, educator, facilitator, public speaker, and consultant, and I currently live and work in Tkaronto.
In my practice, I provide group facilitation, research, education, and consultation across many domains. I bring specialized knowledge and insights of the following areas to my work:
Indigenous knowledge systems and governance,
Indigenous research and evaluation methods,
Natural and Indigenous customary legal systems,
Gender issues and feminism,
Community governance and economic development, and
Reconciliation to achieve nation to nation relationships.
I have an Honours Bachelor Degree of Arts and Science from the University of Guelph (2013), and a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School (2018).
I am currently on a journey to reconnect with my Métis heritage and culture. As part of this journey, I am learning traditional beadwork, leather working, and wild food harvesting. I am also building relationships with my First Nations and more-than-human kin.
During my recent Public Interest Articling Fellowship funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, I wrote a report to help non-Indigenous professionals in the restorative justice industry better honour and engage with the Indigenous origins of their work, titled"Indigenous Knowledge and Restorative Justice: A Guide for Restorative Practitioners."The report features cover art by Chief Lady Bird (@chiefladybird). Stay tuned for this upcoming online publication!