Calendar

Sep
26
Tue
Great Trees of New Brunswick – 5 Days for the Forest @ University of New Brunswick's Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management Building, Room 203
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

5 Days for the Forest is back this year to celebrate our forest in its fall glory with nature walks, art, music, film and TREEvia. Hosted by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, 5 Days for the Forest events will occur in Fredericton during National Forest Week, Sept. 25-29, 2017. Thanks to our sponsors: OMISTA Credit Union, Crowne Plaza Fredericton Lord Beaverbrook, Milda’s Pizzas & More and Cinema Politica Fredericton. For more information, contact Tracy at tracy.glynn@conservationcouncil.ca.

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Great Trees of New Brunswick. University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management Building, Room 203 at 5:30pm.

Geoff Ritchie, arborist and author of Trees of Knowledge, David Palmer, forester and Atlantic Forestry Review contributor, and Tracy Glynn with the Conservation Council will share stories about the hunt for New Brunswick’s great trees over Milda’s Pizza.

Sep
27
Wed
STU Conference in response to Truth and Reconciliation @ Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall – St. Thomas University
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm

For more information visit http://w3.stu.ca/stu/news/160337

From: Dr. Kim Fenwick <vpacademic@stu.ca>
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 5:21 PM
To: [FACULTY-L]
Subject: STU Conference in response to Truth and Reconciliation

Good afternoon,

On behalf of the Senate Committee on Indigenization of the Academy, I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a conference as part of a series of events to address how St. Thomas University can participate in meeting the demands of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Dates: September 27-29th

Location: Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall – St. Thomas University 

We have booked three excellent keynote speakers: Dr. Marie Battiste, Mr. Eddy Robinson, and Ms. Rebecca Thomas.

In addition, we have planned a celebration of Indigenous culture as part of the conference, which will include traditional teachings, songs, drumming, poetry, art, dance, music, and food.

We are hoping for a strong turn-out of faculty and students, and invite you to consider bringing your classes to one or more of the sessions. There will be no cost for registration.

A schedule is below this message; additional details will be posted on the STU website soon.

best wishes,

Dr. Kim Fenwick, Vice-President (Academic and Research), St. Thomas University
Fredericton NB
506-452-0531

A Conference Towards Reconciliation

Tetpawtihkene [Wolastoqey – “Let’s realign our path towards a shared vision”]
Ilsu’teka’tiqw [Mi’kmaq – “Re-aligning our path and coming together toward a new direction”] A New Path, A Shared Vision, A New Direction

September 27-29th
Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall – St. Thomas University

The conference is part of a series of events to address how St. Thomas University can participate in meeting the demands of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Wednesday, September 27th 1 pm – 4:30 pm

A new path for communities: Working together and becoming allies

 Opening Prayer and Greeting Recognizing Traditional Territory
 Welcome
 Keynote – Eddy Robinson, “Working Together and Becoming Allies”

Eddy Robinson has dedicated his life to helping institutions develop an appreciation of Indigenous people. He approaches becoming an Indigenous ally through grounding learners with his personal insight to the Indigenous narrative in Canada and culturally safe methodologies of inclusivity and Indigenous ways of knowing to help form and foster better relationships with Indigenous people and communities.

  •   Panel Discussion
  •   Breakout Sessions
  •   Wrap-upThursday, September 28th 9 am – 12 Noon

    A shared vision for students: The two-eyed seeing approach

     Opening Prayer and Greeting Recognizing Traditional Territory
     Keynote – Rebecca Thomas, “Etuaptmumk: The Two-Eyed Seeing Approach”

    Etuaptmumk is the Mi’kmaw word for two-eyed seeing which refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing, and then learning to use both eyes together for the benefit of all. Spoken-word artist and Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas is the Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services at the Nova Scotia Community College.

  •   Panel Discussion
  •   Breakout Sessions
  •   Wrap-up1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Lower Courtyard)
    Celebration of Indigenous Culture
     Traditional teachings, songs, drumming, poetry, art, dance, music, and food.

Friday, September 29th 9 am – 12 Noon

A new direction for curriculum: Incorporating Indigenous content

 Opening Prayer and Greeting Recognizing the Traditional Territory

 Keynote – Dr. Marie Battiste, “Incorporating Indigenous Content”

Dr. Battiste is a Mi’kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia and professor at the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nationally recognized expert on Aboriginal life-long learning, decolonizing and indigenizing the academy, and violence prevention and anti-bullying in schools.

  •   Panel Discussion
  •   Breakout Sessions
  •   Wrap-up
  •   Closing
  •   LunchFor further information, please contact Dr. Kim Fenwick at vpacademic@stu.ca.
Oct
21
Sat
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Youth Training @ Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall – St. Thomas University
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

From https://www.unsdgfredericton.com/

STU & UNB Presents

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Training Event

On October 21, 2017, St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick will be hosting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Youth Training Event (SDGs). The United Nations, through the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, wants to empower youth to promote seventeen sustainable development goals for a better world

In celebration of Canada’s 150th, the SDGs Youth Training Canada will mobilize 10,000 Canadian youth to advocate and implement the SDGs through 100 local actions and 50 trainings events in colleges and universities across Canada in 2017.

Participants will be able to interact with UN officials, policymakers, and civil society activists who identified, created, and are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals around the world.

SCHEDULE

8:45 – Registration – Location: Kinsella Auditorium Lobby

9:30 – Opening Ceremonies
UNB Elder-in-Residence Opolahsomuwehs Imelda Perley
Welcome by STUSU and UNBSU’s Presidents
Location: Kinsella Auditorium

10:00: Session 1
What are the SDGs and how to advocate for them
By: Steve Lee
Location: Kinsella Auditorium

10:40: Session 2
UN Delegate Presentation
By: TBA
Location: Kinsella Auditorium

11:30 – 12:45 – Lunch / NGO Fair
UNB Sustainability Walks
Location: Student Union Building Atrium 

 1:00 – 3:10 – Skills Development Breakout Sessions
Location: Margaret McCain Hall Classrooms 

3:15 – 4:00 – Problem Solving in your Community
Location: Margaret McCain Hall Classrooms 

4:00 – 4:15 – Closing Ceremony

STU Elder Miigam’agan and Mayor Mike O’Brien
Location: Kinsella Auditorium

Nov
2
Thu
Dr. Pam Palmater speaking at STU for the 2017 Vigod Memorial Lecture @ Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall – St. Thomas University
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Atlantic Human Rights Centre (AHRC) invites you to the 2017 Vigod Memorial Lecture on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with Professor Pam Palmater on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kinsella Auditorium

Professor Palmater raises concerns that “the current national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls is the result is decades of hard work and advocacy of Indigenous women’s groups, families, communities and experts. Yet despite the launch of the national inquiry, it has been plagued with delays and growing concerns that it cannot get to the truth under its current structure and terms of reference.” She further explains “shining a light on the dark places in Canadian society that have allowed this crisis to continue requires more than a historical overview of colonization – it requires a human rights framework which exposes the many ways in which the human rights of Indigenous women and girls have been denied, its impacts and remedies.” 

Professor Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, and social justice activist from Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She is the former spokesperson, organizer and educator for the Idle No More movement and currently holds the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. She has 4 university degrees, including a BA from St. Thomas with a double major in History and Native Studies; an LLB from UNB, and her Masters and Doctorate in Law from Dalhousie University specializing in Indigenous law. 

Professor Palmater has been volunteering and working in First Nation issues for over 25 years on a wide range of issues like poverty, housing, education, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and legislation impacting First Nations. She has worked as a human rights investigator at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and worked collaboratively with human rights organizations like Canadian Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International on Indigenous issues.

She has been recognized with many awards for her social justice and human rights advocacy on behalf of First Nations generally including the 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Social Justice; Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s 2013 Top 5 Most Influential Lawyer in the Human Rights category; Margaret Mead Award in Social Justice 2016; J. S. Woodsworth Woman of Excellence Award in Human Rights 2016; and an Alumni Award of Distinction 2015 and honourary Doctorate of Laws from UNB 2016.

Please hold the date in your calendars and share with anyone who may be interested.

Best wishes,
Christina 

Christina Szurlej, Ph.D.

Endowed Chair in Human Rights

Atlantic Human Rights Centre, Director 

Human Rights Program, Assistant Professor

St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB  E3B 5G3

P: 506-452-0451 ~ E: cszurlej@stu.ca ~ T: @CSzurlej ~ FB: STU Human Rights

 

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