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2018 Human Rights Symposium: Indigenous Realities
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, the Halton District School Board hosted the Human Rights Symposium - Indigenous Realities to bring together education and community partners to engage in vital conversations about Indigenous Rights and the current realities faced by Indigenous Peoples.
More than 300 education and community partners gathered together for an important day of learning and collaborating about Indigenous issues and respect for diversity. Keynote speakers
Susan Aglukark and Jesse Wente led attendees through an important day of learning and collaborating about Indigenous issues and respect for diversity. Participants attended a selection of workshops led by First Nations, Métis and Inuit rights advocates, educators, artists and more.
Take a look at the learning that took place at the 2018 Human Rights Symposium, captured by those who attended.
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Keynote speakers at the 2018 Human Rights Symposium - Indigenous Realities:
Susan Aglukark, Juno Award winning Inuk singer songwriter
Jesse Wente, Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, and Director of the Indigenous Screen Office
Workshop presenters at the 2018 Human Rights Symposium - Indigenous Realities:
- Isaac Murdoch - Indigenous Community Organizer and Storyteller, Serpent River First Nation
- Kyl Morrison OCT and Dr. William Morrison PhD - Indigenous educators focused on food security, Credit River Métis Council and Chapleau Cree
- Jodie Williams - Co-Chair for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario, Indigenous Education Consultant for the Dufferin Peel District Catholic School Board
Suzanne Methot - Author and Educator, Rocky Mountain Cree (Nehiyawak)
- Darryl Day - Inuvialuk Inuit Youth Worker for Tungasuvvingat Inuit, Toronto
- Edebued Ogichidaa Kwe - She Who Speaks The Truth - Warrior Woman Leader, Makwa Dodem (Bear Clan), Mississaugas of the Credit Doonjibaa, English Name is Valerie King
- Steve Paquette - Indigenous Knowledge Guide, Halton District School Board, Wiikwemikoong Unceeded First Nation
Jay Soule - Indigenous multi-disciplinary Artist, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabe)
- Student Leaders With Kerry Sagar - Teacher Advisor, Halton District School Board
- Sandi Bell - Canadian Human Rights Commissioner, EMPOWWORD Inc.
- Ozhaawashkozi Anung Kwe- Blue Star Woman - Youth Worker, Community Educator, Writer, Anishinaabe, Two Spirit, Nipissing First Nation, English name is Laura Kooji