March 4, 2016 · 11:31 AM
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First Nations leader Arthur Manuel will speak on decolonization, reconciliation and new directions at NIC’s Comox Valley campus Tuesday, March 15. / Supplied photo

Join one of Canada’s foremost leaders on Aboriginal rights and title at NIC’s Comox Valley campus Tuesday, March 15.

First Nations leader Arthur Manuel will speak on decolonization, reconciliation and new directions at NIC’s Comox Valley campus Tuesday, March 15, starting at 7 p.m.

First Nations leader Arthur Manuel will speak on decolonization, reconciliation and new directions at NIC’s Comox Valley campus Tuesday, March 15, starting at 7 p.m.

“Arthur Manuel is an incredibly knowledgeable First Nations leader who speaks passionately about the challenges Indigenous people face in Canada and possible ways forward,” said Naomi Wolfe, NIC’s faculty representative on the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee. ”We are honoured to hear him speak at NIC.”

Manuel is an activist and storyteller who works provincially, nationally and internationally for Aboriginal rights.

Manuel is the co-chair of the North American Caucus at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. And, as chair of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, he argued Canada's failure to recognize and compensate Aboriginal people for the lumber taken off their traditional lands was a form of subsidy to the lumber industry.

In 2015, the former four-time elected chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band and three-time elected chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council wrote Unsettling Canada, A National Wake-Up Call with Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson. The book, which includes a foreword by Naomi Klein, has been called is a call to action and must-read for every Canadian.

The event is part of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators’ Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee’s 2016 Speaker Tour. It is sponsored locally by the NIC Faculty Association.

For more information, contact Naomi Wolfe at 250-334-5000 ext 4025 or email naomi.wolfe@nic.bc.ca.

 

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