We recognize world peace will come, not through one simple act but rather as the final outcome of thousands of smaller undertakings. Dialogue plays a key role and we seek to encourage this with the following inspiring speakers, promoting culture of peace in our communities. Drawing on a diverse selection of local and international speakers, the Mir Lecture Series delivers new views on community and global issues.
Canada 150: Racism, Refugee Exclusion and Reconciliation
Described by Naomi Klein as "one of Canada's most brilliant and effective organizers," Vancouver activist, Harsha Walia will discuss the current global refugee crisis and its implications for Canada.
Some of the important questions Walia will consider include: what are the root causes of the refugee crisis and how is the Canadian government responding? What are the systemic barriers to inclusion, access, permanent residency and full rights and dignity for all migrants, refugees, and migrant workers in Canada? In the context of Canada's 150 and the myth of multiculturalism, how we do challenge systemic racism and exclusion?
Date: Friday, Sept 15, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Shambhala Music and Performance Hall, Selkirk College, Tenth St Campus, 820 Tenth St., Nelson
Cost: $16 for general public/ $13 for students and seniors
Tickets: available at Otter Books in Nelson and at the door (cash or cheque only at both locations).
Walia is an author and activist trained in the law. She is the a co-founder of the migrant justice group "No One Is Illegal," author of award-winning book, Undoing Border Imperialism, and Project Coordinator at the Downtown Eastside Women's Center.
For the past two decades she has been involved in anti-racist, feminist, Indigenous solidarity, and anti-capitalist grassroots community organizing. Walia has made numerous presentations on race, gender and poverty to the United Nations and across campuses and media outlets in North America and Europe. Walia is a recipient of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives "Power of Youth Award," and the Westender's "Best of the City in Activism Award." She has also been named "One of the most influential South Asians in BC" by the Vancouver Sun.
Come join us for this thoughtful and provoking lecture by one of the country's top change makers!
To learn more about the Mir Lecture Series, contact Cara-Lee Malange at 250.365.1261.