Exploring Indigenous Rights Across Turtle Island

Next Week, GlobalFest’s Human Rights Forum Covers Imperative Topics


(Calgary, AB – August 1st, 2017) In 1 week, GlobalFests’s Human Rights Forum presented by UNAC-Calgary will take place at the John Dutton Theatre from August 8th – 12th. This 5-day free event assembles local and international Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics, entrepreneurs, community leaders, educators, musicians, spoken word poets, hip-hop artists and visual artists to explore critical topics in Indigenous rights and celebrate Indigenous resiliency in North America.


The Forum features over 15 presenters such as Julian SpearChief-Morris, Harvard Law’s first ever Indigenous President of the Legal Aid Bureau, originally from the Blood Reserve in Alberta; Cherish Violet Blood, Canadian actress/vocalist/storyteller originally from the Kainai First Nations in Alberta; and an intimate performance by LightningCloud, a prominent Indigenous Hip-Hop duo from Los Angeles recently crowned Indigenous Music Award Winners for Best New Album and Best New Artist.


Forum topics include The Indigenous Labour Force, Exploring Sustainable Solutions, The Over-Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s Correctional Facilities, Two-Spirited Gender Identity, and our GlobalFest Urban Arts Program: Seeking Reconciliation through artistic expression. Speakers and performing artists will explore personal stories, knowledge, and practical solutions related to Indigenous communities and issues in Canada.


For the 11th year in a row, the Human Rights Forum presented by UNAC-Calgary will be offered as part of GlobalFest’s programming to promote diversity, cross cultural respect, and equality in our community. With the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, the awareness raised by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the City of Calgary’s move to create an Indigenous Relations Office, it is evident that these topics are at the forefront of local and national public dialogue.


Admission to the Human Rights Forum is free, and features a post-event reception with light snacks offered by Aahksoyo’p Indigenous Comfort Food. For more information on presenters and scheduling please visit globalfest.ca.


About GlobalFest


GlobalFest is a not-for-profit society dedicated to celebrating and showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities locally and across the globe. We are committed to producing an inclusive, world-class, multi-faceted arts and cultural festival that will enhance Alberta’s reputation as a truly international destination.


About UNAC-Calgary


As a branch of United Nations Association in Canada (UNA- Canada), a national charitable organization and citizen’s movement supporting and promoting the values and goals of the UN in Canada, the Calgary branch (UNAC-Calgary) was established in 1980 and incorporated in 1999. We partner with local organizations to engage Calgarians in the work of the UN.


Media Inquiries:

GlobalFest| Aviva Fialkow; Marketing & Communications Coordinator, aviva@globalfest.ca, 403-569-9679

UNAC-Calgary| Tim Kenny; Director of Communications, communications@unaccalgary.ca, 403-714-2044 

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