Vibrant Communities Speaker Series – Reconciliation
Part of having complete, vibrant communities, is ensuring all people are respected and honoured for their contributions. This is something Canada falls short of in many ways, but perhaps the most pressing is in the historical (and many might argue, current) treatment of its Indigenous population. Reconciliation is necessary to address our shared history in support of a vibrant future for everyone that lives here. But what does reconciliation mean? How can we reconcile? Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (or RISE) is a group of citizens in the Edmonton region who are committed to supporting reconciliation in words and actions. They have grown out of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and are intent on helping to maintain momentum in this key area. We are lucky to have four members of RISE to hold a panel discussion on reconciliation in Edmonton.
When: Monday, 6 June 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (MDT)
Where: Yellowhead Brewery – 10229 105 Street Northwest, Edmonton
Doors at 6:30, presentation starting at 7:00. Cash bar available with appetizers and discussion afterwards.
Miranda Jimmy is a member of Thunderchild First Nation and has been a proud Edmontonian for the past 15+ years. She considers herself to be a ‘community connector’ and has dedicated her career and personal time to working in the not-for-profit sector, linking organizations with Indigenous communities in the areas of health promotion, literacy, and community development.
Kasey Machin is a policy advisor and community liaison for Ward 1 Councillor Andrew Knack and a mom to two boys. She is a proud founding member of RISE, vice-chair of Equal Voice Alberta-North chapter, and active in her community league. Kasey is determined to make the city she loves a more welcoming, equitable place for all.
Jane Purvis has been told that she has an open heart and an open mind. She keeps on working to live up to that. Having grown up in Treaty 7 territory, she now lives in Treaty 6 territory with her husband and two young sons. Jane likes trees and sky and chocolate chip cookies, but only the soft kind.
Anna Marie Sewell
Anna Marie Sewell is a multidisciplinary writer and was Edmonton’s Poet Laureate 2011-13. Her Laureate legacy projects include The Poem Catcher, an 18 month public art installation based on Anishinabe traditional Dream Catchers, and is archived at http://webofvisions.wordpress.com/. Anna Marie has toured and taught across Canada and internationally; Reconciling Edmonton continues a 20-year plus practice of collaborative arts projects. She blogs at http://prairiepomes.com/.