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Susan Aglukark and Jesse Wente will lead important day of learning at upcoming Human Rights Symposium on Dec. 4

by pmnationtalk on November 15, 201813 Views

Susan Aglukark and Jesse Wente will lead important day of learning at upcoming Human Rights Symposium on Dec. 4

Community partners invited to register to attend by Nov. 19

The Halton District School Board is proud to host the upcoming Human Rights Symposium to engage in vital conversations about Indigenous Rights and the current realities faced by Indigenous Peoples. Keynote speakers Susan Aglukark and Jesse Wente will lead educational and community partners through an important day of learning and collaborating about Indigenous issues and respect for diversity.

The Human Rights Symposium will take place on​Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at the Holiday​ Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre (3063 South Service Rd., Burlington)​. ​Registration ​will remain open until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018​.

“I’m looking forward to talking about the future of Canada and what a reconciled Canada might actually look like,” says Jesse Wente, Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, and Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. “I hope attendees will be able to look at the world in a new way and understand the relationship between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and non-Indigenous people here on Turtle Island in a new way.”

“When we talk about human rights we should also know the history of the different cultures that we are representing,” says Susan Aglukark, Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter. “It’s a very exciting opportunity to be able to do that.”

“We have to fight for equal rights as Indigenous people. We have an extraordinary past and we must share that,” adds Aglukark.

A full-day of learning is planned with a selection of workshops led by First Nations, Métis and Inuit rights advocates, educators, artists and more. An agenda and list of workshop presenters can be viewed here​​.

“This is an important opportunity to challenge our thinking and further the conversation beyond Truth and Reconciliation and toward a new way of actionable thinking about human rights and fundamental freedoms as they relate to Indigenous Rights,” says Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education for the Halton District School Board.

Listen to Jesse Wente and Susan Aglukark ​share what they look forward to at the Human Rights Symposium next month and what they hope attendees will take away from this important day.

To register for the Human Rights Symposium, click here​​. For event details or support with the registration process, email ​symposium@hdsb.ca​.

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