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The Promise and Potential of Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada

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Great Hall, Hart House

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Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

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Hart House Centennial Dialogue Series (Event 1 of 4):

THE PROMISE AND POTENTIAL OF INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY IN CANADA

With the Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew, PC and other special guests.*

Presented in partnership with Indigenous Student Services at First Nations House, University of Toronto.

Join us for an essential night of ideas, sharing and listening as we welcome a circle of esteemed Indigenous thinkers in conversation about the promise and potential of Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada. This event reimagines a formal debate hosted at Hart House in 1991 and featuring the Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew, PC, the first Indigenous woman elected to Canadian parliament, member of Cabinet and a member of the Dene Nation. We are delighted Ms. Blondin-Andrew is returning to Toronto with our other special guests to engage in this vitally important topic.

Dialogue Circle and Listening Space:

It is our hope that this event will offer an important opportunity for Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members to envision what Indigenous sovereignty can mean, in a conversation that provides a circle for Indigenous dialogue and a space for deep listening and learning for non-Indigenous guests.

Following the remarks from Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew and moderated conversation with our guest speakers, Indigenous members of the audience are encouraged to join the conversation with their comments, questions and reflections. Non-Indigenous guests are welcome to participate as listeners.

To facilitate the format, Indigenous guests will be seated in the circle immediately around the speakers. Non-Indigenous guests will be seated on the south and north sides of the room. You will be asked during the registration process to indicate the appropriate ticket, and upon arrival, you will be directed to your seating area.

We look forward to welcoming you at this special evening.


*GUESTS:

  • Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew, PC (Keynote), Dene Nation from Tulita, NT, and the first Indigenous woman elected to the Canadian parliament
  • Riley Yesno (Moderator), a current undergraduate student at U of T and an Anishinaabe woman from Eabametoong First Nation
  • Dr. Eileen Antone, Emeritus and Elders’ Circle, University of Toronto, member of the Oneida of the Thames First Nation. (Opening)
  • Rev. Dr. Grafton Antone, Members, Elders’ Circle, University of Toronto, member of the Oneida of the Thames First Nation (Opening)
  • Jennifer Adese, Otipemisiw and Métis, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Susan Blight, Anishinaabe visual artist, filmmaker, and arts educator from Couchiching First Nation and Indigenous Student Life Coordinator at Indigenous Student Services, University of Toronto
  • Hayden King, Advisor to the Dean, Indigenous Education / Director, Yellowhead Institute, Ryerson University, Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi’mnissing, in Huronia, Ontario
  • Chief Stacey Laforme, Elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Ontario
  • Douglas Sanderson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and Opaskwayak Cree Nation
  • Trina Moyan, Nehiyaw iskwew (Plains Cree) from the Frog Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta. She has been a writer, and a producer for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, a co-founder of Bell & Bernard, a First Nations consulting firm, and a community activist.
  • Jan Kahehti:io Longboat, Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation, is an Elder, educator, writer, herbalist, cultural advocate, and visionary, having dedicated her life to the dissemination and learning of Indigenous language and culture.

Please note that arrival by 6:45PM is required to guarantee your seat.

For any accessibility needs or accommodations please contact: harthouse100@harthouse.ca

Have questions or comments? Please send them to harthouse100@harthouse.ca

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