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Recent stories in the media have brought attention to the fact that not everybody across Canada was eager to celebrate Canada Day or the 150th anniversary of Confederation. In the spirit of reconciliation, Impact Hub Ottawa invites you to join us for a community dialogue to learn, share, and understand why certain Indigenous and other communities are opting out of – or actively protesting – Canada Day/Canada 150 celebrations.
It’s a topic that deserves a deeper dive than just the headline “Protesters Crash Parliament Hill Party”, and we hope that through meaningful dialogue, we can gain greater empathy and understanding of Indigenous (and non-Indigenous) stories, knowledge, and perspectives. While we acknowledge this means diverging or even conflicting points of view, we believe it would help tell a more complete story of Canada as we mark 150 years of Confederation, a historical event that excluded the original peoples of this land who have been here for over 10,000 years.
We are grateful to our special guest speakers who are joining us to share their stories and perspectives:
Scott Serson, Board member of Canadians for a New Partnership
Stéphane Bergeron, member of the Assemblée nationale du Québec and head of L’Autre 150e
Guy Freedman (Pizhew), President & Senior Partner of the First Peoples Group
Jaime Koebel, Educator, Indigenous Programs and Outreach at the National Gallery of Canada and Founder of Indigenous Walks
Jean La Rose, Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Moderated by Caitlin Kealey, Strategist and Partner at MediaStyle