Conference to explore contrast between Indigenous and immigrant communities

TORONTO, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Encounters in Canada: Contrasting Indigenous and Immigrant Perspectives, a three-day conference beginning May 15, will bring together academics, legal experts, government representatives and political leaders to identify solutions to the issues resulting from a divide between Indigenous Peoples of Canada and immigrants (including early settlers to recent immigrants and newcomers).

The opening dinner will feature a conversation on Aboriginal Education with Canada's 21st Prime Minister the Right Honourable Paul Martin, and Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden will read from his book Through Black Spruce, at the opening reception.

Chief Brian LaForme, Missassaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Justice Sidney Linden of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and James Barlteman, Chippewas of Rama First Nation member and Ontario's 27th Lieutenant Governor, are among speakers at the conference which aims to build bridges between the two communities, in terms of cultural, political, intellectual and social connections.

WHAT:   Encounters in Canada: Contrasting Indigenous and Immigrant Perspectives
   
WHERE:   Chestnut Conference Centre, 89, Chestnut Street, Toronto
   
WHEN:   Wednesday, May 15 to Friday, May 17, 2013   
(for complete schedule, click here)

SOURCE: York University

For further information:

Media Contact: 
Dr. Jennifer Dalton, Academic Organizer, Encounters in Canada Conference: 416-835-4630


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