Our Mir Lecture Series has become an important and vibrant part of the Mir Centre’s activities and fundamental mission. The series features provocative thinkers and inspiring speakers on a wide range of topics, from reconciliation, human rights, and nonviolence, to restorative justice, climate action, gender justice and more.
Thank you for joining us in learning from author and academic Jesse Thistle! It was a privilege to hear him speak about his ground-breaking work to re-define homelessness and addictions through a Métis-Cree lens.
Hosted by the Mir Centre for Peace and Indigenous Services at Selkirk College, this is a recording of the event. This video is password protected and available to ticket holders. Tickets are still available for purchase from the Selkirk College Bookstore. See link below. Then, please check your email for the password. From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding my Way is also available through the same link at the Selkirk Bookstore.
Tickets and video available until Friday, June 25.
We apologize for the technical difficulties we experienced with the sound over Zoom. We appreciate your patience in waiting through the pauses. Jesse's words are worth it!
The pre-event began with videos made for ANKORS and that feature drug users speaking for themselves about overcoming stigma. You can find those videos at YouTube.
This event was held:
When: June 2, 9:30 a.m. PDT (Come early (9 a.m.) to learn about efforts to address homelessness and addictions in our region.)
Where: Via Zoom livestream
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Oh Canada! A critical perspective on Canadian foreign policy.
Join Bianca Mugyenyi, Executive Director of the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute to learn about the importance of internationalism in a post-COVID-19 world.
May 11, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. PST
In January, the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into force. But Canada was not one of the signatories. Why not? Last summer, we lost our bid for a seat on the UN Security Council. Why? There is a new cold war heating up with China. What role is Canada playing? Meanwhile, we continue to export weapons to Yemen and invest tens of millions in new fighter jets. Why these priorities? And what does anti-blackness look like in Canadian foreign policy?
Tanya Talaga: Rights Before Reconciliation
It has been five years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its groundbreaking report, one that promised sweeping changes.
But is that what we are seeing? After Wet’su’weten, Black Lives Matter, the Mi’kmaq fisheries dispute, and, delays on the implementation on a national action plan to help stop the genocide of our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, where do we find hope?
March 4, 2021 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Hosted virtually, broadcast from the Gathering Place
This Selkirk College event was part of the Truth and Justice Speaker Series co-presented with Indigenous Services, the Mir Centre for Peace, the Capitol Theatre and School District 8. This was one event among several scheduled the week of March 2 for an Indigenous Cultural Celebration.
Tanya Talaga is Anishnabe and a journalist, and was a columnist for the Toronto Star. Tanya is the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. She is also the author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward.
Cindy Blackstock: Undermined by Systemic State-based Discrimination
The Truth & Justice Speaker Series co-presented by Indigenous Services & Mir Centre for Peace
Cindy Blackstock joined Selkirk College on January 14, 2021. A member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Blackstock is honoured to serve as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work.
Join the Mir Centre at Selkirk College for a conversation with Bruce Wilson and Larissa Stendie on transitioning to renewable energy.
Iron & Earth is a worker-led movement of over 800 Canadian fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers who are leading the transition to renewable energy. Iron & Earth empowers worker members to develop sustainable energy projects, deliver trainings, run advocacy campaigns, and further the goal of an environmentally safe and socially just planet for everyone.
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 inspiring speakers promoting cultures of peace in our communities.
To learn more about the lecture series and other Mir Centre programming, please contact Jennie Barron at 1.888.953.1133, ext. 21461.