Open Canada 150 Discussion with Indigenous Perspectives – 7 pm, June 27

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Be part of the conversation on June 27, 7:00-8:30pm at the Shatford Centre. 

The discussion will begin with brief interventions by Harron Hall (sylix UBCO student), Gregory Younging and Allison Hargreaves (both UBCO Faculty), followed by a facilitated open discussion. 

As Canada celebrates 150 years since Confederation, Indigenous Peoples and their allies have different perspectives. The last 150 years and more have been a period of intense colonization, including: severe Indigenous population depletions, displacement, the 60s scoop, high poverty, incarceration and suicide rates and missing and murdered women and girls. Furthermore, the BNA Act 1867 unilaterally gave Canada jurisdiction over Indigenous Peoples which lead directly to the Indian Act, the reserve system and residential schools. So we are asking “What is there to celebrate?” 

Please join in on a discussion of these important issues.

Dr Greg Younging, Bio

Gregory Younging is a Member of Opsakwayak Cree Nation. He has a Masters of Arts Degree The Institute of Canadian Studies at Carleton University and a Masters of Publishing Degree from the Canadian Centre for Studies in Writing & Publishing at Simon Fraser University, and has a Ph.D. from The Department of Educational Studies at University Of British Columbia. He has worked for The Assembly Of First Nations, and The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. From 1990-2004 was the Managing Editor of Theytus Books.  He is a former Member of the Canada Council Aboriginal Peoples Committee on the Arts (June 1997-June 2001) and the British Columbia Arts Council (July 1999-July 2001). He is the former Assistant Director of Research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. He is currently on Faculty at the Indigenous Studies Program University of British Columbia Okanagan.


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