Media Advisory - Forum to focus on role of the Media in Aboriginal Image and Realities

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - The role of the media and the ways in which
information and messages about Aboriginal issues and current events are
communicated to the public will be the focus of a public legal education
seminar being held at Osgoode Hall on June 20, 2008, in celebration of
National Aboriginal Day. A panel of legal professionals, Aboriginal community
members and Aboriginal and mainstream media representatives will discuss how
the media can effect Aboriginal image and realities.
    The event is being hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada in
partnership with Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto, Rotiio(greater than)taties
Aboriginal Advisory Group, the Aboriginal Law Section of the Ontario Bar
Association and the City of Toronto National Aboriginal Day Celebration
Committee. The forum is part of the Law Society's Equity Public Education
Series, which is designed to encourage the exchange of information, ideas and
action on issues affecting Aboriginal, Francophone and equality-seeking

    Speakers include:
    -   The Honourable Sidney Linden, Conflict of Interest Commissioner,
        former Commissioner of Ipperwash Inquiry
    -   John Miller, Professor of Journalism, Ryerson University
    -   David Walmsley, National Editor, Globe and Mail
    -   Harmony Rice, Journalist, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
    -   Maurice Switzer, Director of Communications, Union of Ontario Indians
    -   Dr. Allan Bonner, Media Relations Specialist and Author
    -   Roy Thomas, Director of Communications, Law Society of Upper Canada

    A reception to celebrate National Aboriginal Day will be held following
the panel discussion. During the reception, one of the Aboriginal Elders will
perform a renewal ceremony for the two eagle feathers originally presented to
the Law Society in 1998. Admission is free.
    To RSVP, call 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3413, or 416-947-3413 or send an email
to: For more information contact Marisha Roman at
416-947-3989 (1-800-668-7380 ext. 3989) or visit

    Date:        June 20, 2008
    Location:    Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall
                 130 Queen Street West, Toronto
                 (Enter via east doors)
    Time:        Panel Discussion - 4 to 6 p.m., Donald Lamont Learning
                 Reception - 6 to 8 p.m., Convocation Hall

    Media interested in attending are encouraged to confirm their attendance
in advance if possible, to help ensure adequate space and audio requirements.

For further information:

For further information: Susan Tonkin, Communications Advisor, Law
Society of Upper Canada at (416) 947-7605,

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