Tuesday Nov 04 2014 7:30 pm - Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg
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Tickets are $15.00 and available at McNally Robinson Booksellers in person or by calling 204-475-0483.
Join John Ralston Saul as he considers the story of Canada’s past so that we may better understand its present – and imagine a better future.
Historic moments are always uncomfortable, Saul writes in his impassioned new book, The Comeback (Penguin Random House), calling on all of us to embrace and support the comeback of Aboriginal peoples.
Join John Ralston Saul and his special guests: writers, thinkers and community representatives Leah Gazan and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, for an evening of public conversation as they discuss the necessity of rebuilding relationships central to the creation of Canada. Relationships vital to this country’s continued existence. This event will feature a musical performance from Rebecca Chartrand and is hosted by Michael Champagne.
John Ralston Saul is Canada’s leading public intellectual. Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine and included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries.
A lifelong North Ender, Michael Redhead Champagne is the founder of AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities, a youth movement that has been breaking stereotypes and creating opportunities since 2010. He is a community organizer and public speaker who has traveled across Canada sharing teachings, acronyms and strategies with youth, leaders and educators. One of his most notable accomplishments is “Meet Me At The Bell Tower” an anti-violence rally that happens every Friday on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg. While the subject matter may change one thing that stays consistent is his message – “Programs don’t change people. Relationships change people.” Michael is known for his straight up and heartfelt style that will leave you moved, inspired and ready for action.
Rebecca Chartrand is an award winning teacher, accomplished community development worker, university lecturer, author, musician and ran as a City Council Candidate (Point Douglas) in the 2014 Winnipeg election. In addition to her many accomplishments, she was the Recipient of a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for the traditional/contemporary CD ONJIDA (Sunshine Records).
Leah Gazan is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Treaty 4 territory in the Province of Saskatchewan. She is currently teaching in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Leah has been a very active participant in social movements, and is most widely known for her activism in the Indigenous community. Her dedication towards the advancement of community self-sufficiency and self-determination has been the driving force that has guided her career in Winnipeg and with Indigenous nations across Canada.
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories, and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press. As a member of The Kino-nda-niimi Collective he served as one of the lead editors on The Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement.