The congregation at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 4100 Sherbrooke St. West, invites the public to attend the Victor and Sheila Goldbloom Symposium, Imagining Tomorrow: Lessons from Indigenous Youth on Sunday, April 30 from 2 to 4 pm.
In the wake of the Calls to Action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2012, Canadians are called to look ahead to the future for Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The voices and actions of young people, and those who support them, will shape that future. This Symposium that is open to all will focus on challenges that face Indigenous youth and the exciting initiatives and projects directed by the young people themselves.
The programme includes a variety of speakers whose unique responsibilities or experiences qualify them to speak to the timely subject ripped from the headlines of national media.
Geoffrey Kelley, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs for the Government of Quebec, was first elected as an MNA in 1994. He will speak on policies and initiatives affecting indigenous youth in our province.
Chief Abel Bosum is a renowned leader of the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation whose life work has been dedicated to the Crees of Quebec . Since 1999, he has served the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) as Negotiator for Cree-Québec relations, and played a principal role in shaping “La Paix des Braves”, the milestone New Relationship Agreement signed in 2002 by the Cree Nation and the Government of Québec . That Agreement established a new benchmark for the resolution of conflicts between aboriginal nations and governments. It also formed the basis for further negotiations led by Bosum resulting in greater jurisdiction of the Cree Nation over its traditional territory and significant voice for all residents of the territory. Bosum is a recipient of Canada’s National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the category of Community Development for his work with his home community of Oujé-Bougamou.
Jason Edward Lewis is a Concordia University professor, Trudeau Fellow, and digital media poet and artist. Edward Lewis directs the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. He is Cherokee, Hawaiian and Samoan. Professor Lewis will share his innovative Skins Workshops in Aboriginal storytelling and video game design.
Nakuset Sohkisiwin is a Cree from Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan. Sohkisiwin serves as Executive Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and the Co-President of the Montréal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network. Sohkisiwin will focus on challenges and strategies associated with indigenous identity of young people.
Shauna Van Praagh, Professor of Law, McGill University, recipient of the 2017 One World Award will moderate the symposium.
2:15: Introductions and welcome
2:15-2:35 – Screening of Films
La Joie de vivre
Ka Mitshelitakuess Auass (L’Enfant qui Plantait des Clous)
Corriger le Tableau
2:35-2:55 – Chief Abel Bosum
2:55-3:15 – Geoff Kelley, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs for the Government of Quebec.
3:15-3:35- Nakuset Sohkisiwin, Executive Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal
3:35-3:55 – Jason Lewis, Concordia University professor and Trudeau Fellow.
3:55—4:00 Closing remarks.
This is a free event with childcare provided if needed. Please RSVP to email@example.com. or 514.937.3575 ext. 217 www.templemontreal.ca