The United Nations Report on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (in Canada, Bill C-262), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls urge action. The goal of the speaker’s series is to ally with local Indigenous neighbours and communities by taking steps towards strengthening relationships, deepening understanding and prompting action towards reconciliation and resolution of critical Indigenous and Canadian issues through diverse presentations and dialogue with a broad audience.
Thursday, October 10: WATER – Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow
Mark, a proud Ojibwe of the Whitefish River First Nation on Manitoulin Island, is on a mission to bring clean drinking water for free to every Indigenous home in Canada who are suffering from “all water advisories”. As founder of Birch Bark Coffee Company, Mark believes water is a fundamental human right. He aims to inspire others with his innovative Indigenous business social mission. https://birchbarkcoffeecompany.com/
Thursday, October 24: WOMEN – Positive Voices: A Panel of Indigenous Women Who Are Leading Change
Indigenous women are on the front lines of change for their communities and our world. This panel will be comprised of a diverse group of local Indigenous women leaders, artists and changemakers who will share stories and examples of unique contributions that are making a difference towards creating a more vibrant, inclusive, healthy and whole future for us all.
Thursday, November 14: HUMAN RIGHTS – Jennifer Preston
Jennifer, Indigenous Rights coordinator for Canadian Friends (Quakers) Service Committee, worked on and lobbied for the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva and New York. She now focuses on its implementation by working with Indigenous Peoples’ and state representatives throughout the world. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39eHwg1S0iU