Shirley Kimmayong

Indigenous change-maker & Founder of Hagiyo Organization Inc.

Shirley Kimmayong is an aspiring changemaker for indigenous peoples. She hails from Ifugao province in the Philippines. She belongs to the Ifugao indigenous group particularly Ayangan and Kalanguya. She is the first child of 10 children from a poor family. Kimmayong finished her undergraduate degree, supported by scholarships, at the University of the Cordilleras – BCF in Baguio City with the degree of AB in Mass Communications as Cum Laude. She has an MA in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and a second MA in Political Science with a specialization in Global Politics from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. In 2017, she completed the Global Change Leaders Program at the Coady International Institute in Nova Scotia, Canada. She was also awarded a Woman Leader Global Indigenous Fellowship which she finished recently at the Coady International Institute.  


An experienced communications professional, Shirley has worked in different fields and capacities as a writer, photographer, videographer and social media manager. Currently, she is managing the communication needs of an international indigenous peoples’ organization amplifying indigenous voices, the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for the SDGs. Previously, she worked in an international humanitarian NGO working in complex disaster situations, either man-made or natural, covering the Philippines and other countries in the Asia Pacific region. She is also the Founder of Hagiyo* Organization Inc., an organization that focuses on indigenous peoples. Hagiyo (an Ifugao word that means “shout for joy”) aims for indigenous peoples to be educated, empowered and become champions of culture so that in the end they are fully exercising their rights to self-determination.

Shirley Kimmayong est une agente au changement en devenir pour les peuples autochtones. Originaire de la province d’Ifugao, aux Philippines, elle appartient au groupe autochtone Ifugaoplus précisément aux groupes Ayangan et Kalanguya. Elle est l‘ainée d’une famille pauvrd10 enfants et a pu compléter un diplôme de premier cycle en communication de masse avec distinction (Cum laude) de l’Université des Cordillères – BCF à Baguio City, par l’entremise de bourses d’études. Elle est titulaire d’une maîtrise en études sur les médias, la paix et les conflits de l‘Université des Nations Unies, l’Université pour la paix au Costa Rica et d’une deuxième maîtrise en sciences politiques avec spécialisation en politique mondiale de l’Université Ateneo de Manila, aux Philippines. Elle a également suivi le programme Global Change Leaders du Coady International Institute en Nouvelle-Écosse, au Canada.   


Professionnelle chevronnée des communications, Shirley a travaillé dans différents domaines et à différents titres en tant que rédactrice, photographe, vidéaste et gestionnaire de médias sociaux. Elle gère actuellement les besoins de communication d’une organisation internationale des peuples autochtones qui amplifie les voix autochtones. Elle a auparavant servit dans une ONG humanitaire internationale travaillant dans des situations de catastrophes complexes, d’origine humaine ou naturelle, couvrant les Philippines et d’autres pays de la région Asie Pacifique. Elle est également fondatrice de HagiyoOrganization Inc, une organisation qui se concentre sur les peuples autochtones. Hagiyo (un mot ifugao qui signifie ” crier de joie “) vise à éduquer les peuples autochtones, à les autonomiser et à en faire des champions de la culture afin qu’ils puissent finalement exercer pleinement leur droit à l’autodétermination. 

My Sessions

Opening Plenary Day 1: Setting the tone: What should Canada’s foreign policy agenda be?

Room 118

As part of its contribution to the Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) convened Canadian foreign policy thought leaders to form an advisory committee to create a Vision Statement for an ambitious and impactful Canadian foreign policy agenda. This short paper encompasses all facets of Canada’s international engagement and serves as a reflection piece […]

Diplomacy Humanitarian Aid Security Trade

Canada’s role as Ally for Indigenous Leadership in Community Development

Room 110

REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION NOW This panel highlights the leadership of Indigenous women both globally and in Canada and demonstrates the ways that Canada’s commitments to sustainable development goals are equally critical and can be achieved for Indigenous communities at abroad and at home. Efforts to achieve positive social change must begin at the local […]

Humanitarian Aid

Decolonizing Knowledge: Canada’s Leadership in Knowledge Partnerships

Room 106 AB

Register for this session   Canadian institutions – CSOs, Universities, Think Tanks, Government bodies, Ministries – worked together with a shared purpose which is inspired by Canada’s leadership of values, ideas, and relationships. This leadership includes and values diverse voices and partners from around the world. Panellists from India, Philippines and Canada will share their […]