GlobalFest’s Human Rights Forum – Day 4 Topic: “Canadian Indian Residential Schools Act: 2015 – A Year of Reconciliation”

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: August 19

 

GlobalFest’s Human Rights Forum – Day 4

Topic: “Canadian Indian Residential Schools Act: 2015 – A Year of Reconciliation”

(Calgary, AB, August 19, 2015)

What:

Come out tomorrow to John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library and attending Calgarians actively participate and discuss with community leaders and Indigenous Elders, about their personal expertise in a 30 minute question and answer period, following a panel discussion.

GlobalFest’s annual Human Rights Forum presented by TD continues with the topic of “Canadian Indian Residential Schools Act: 2015 – A Year of Reconciliation”. The Human Rights Forum continues the fourth of its five-day sessions featuring Aapaypooka, Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation, Awakasina, Dr. Reg Crowshoe of the Piikani Nation, and Reverend Canon Travis Enright of the All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton. Collectively, these speakers will discuss the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and how these First Nations groups are working together to heal and move forward.

The Human Rights Forum is free and open to the public, with a free lunch offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information on the Human Rights Forum, visit globalfest.ca

For more Human Rights Forum information or to book interviews, please contact:

Samantha Bahan

Program Assistant, GlobalFest

C: (403) 462-4001

samanthab@globalfest.ca

When:

               Thursday, August 20 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Where:

               John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library– 616 McLeod Trail SE

Who:

Aapaypooka, Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman was born and raised on the Siksika Nation. Yellow Old Woman is a long-time politician, proud family man, leader, visionary, strategist and motivational speaker. Vincent spent 9 years at Indian Residential School and his story is the subject of a dance and musical drama called New Blood.

Dr. Reggie Crowshoe (Awakasina - Deer Chief) is a well-known Piikani Blackfoot Elder, spiritualist, ceremonialist, teacher and former Chief of the Piikani Nation. Awakasina earned an honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Calgary and currently teaches First Nations’ Perspectives on Holistic Science at the Faculty of Indigenous Studies at the U of C.

The Rev. Canon Travis Enright is highly involved in both the diocesan liaison work with the Aboriginal community of Edmonton and within the Anglican Church of Canada. Travis is a "Status Indian" a Cree man from James Smith Cree Nation.  He has co-chaired the Regional Advisory Committee for the Alberta Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission held in Edmonton March 27-30, 2014.

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For more Human Rights Forum information or to book interviews, please contact:

Samantha Bahan

Program Assistant, GlobalFest

C: (403) 462-4001

samanthab@globalfest.ca

 

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