National Aboriginal Speaking Series Event - An evening of stories and music celebrating the lives and leadership of Aboriginal in Canada's Boreal Forest

The Boreal Forest: Our Land, Our Story, Our Responsibility

MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Faced with increasing industrial development and land issues, Canada's Boreal Forest needs solutions. Aboriginal leadership in conservation and land use planning is amongst our strongest tools.

Prominent Aboriginal leaders will speak of their experiences living and working in the Boreal Forest:


  • Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations;

  • Chief Paul Gull, Cree Nation of Waswanipi and
  • Stephen Kakfwi, former Premier of the Northwest Territories and former President of the Dene Nation

will speak about the challenges and opportunities for Aboriginal peoples working to conserve and develop their boreal homelands.

WHEN: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:00-9:00 p.m. This free, public event will open with the performance of prominent local Innu artist Kathia Rock.

WHERE: 
McGill University, Stewart Biology Building, Room S1/3
1205 Docteur Penfield Ave, Montreal

WHO: 
McGill University's Aboriginal Sustainability Projects and the Canadian Boreal Initiative. Invited guests also include senior government officials, Aboriginal and industry leaders, and representatives from conservation organizations.


About the Canadian Boreal Initiative 
CBI brings together diverse partners to create new solutions for boreal conservation and sustainable development. It acts as a catalyst for on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal Forest region by governments, industry, Aboriginal communities, conservation groups, major retailers, financial institutions and scientists. 

SOURCE Canadian Boreal Initiative

For further information:

Suzanne Fraser, 613-552-7277 sfraser@borealcanada.ca

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