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UCN Thompson to Host SSHRC-Funded Research Group Studying the Impacts of Hydropower in MB

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Sylvia McAdam, co-founder of the Idle No More movement to provide keynote address.

Winnipeg, Manitoba – MAY 11, 2018 – On May 15th, Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro-Impacted Communities will be meeting in Thompson for their annual Spring Research Gathering. Wa Ni Ska Tan is a cross-regional research alliance focusing on the implications of Hydro development for environments and Indigenous communities in Manitoba and Canada. UCN has generously donated meeting space for this event. Sessions and workshops will be held at the UCN Thompson campus from May 15 – 17 as well as the local Friendship Centre in Thompson.

Organizers anticipate, that over the course of three days, approximately 100 people will come together to connect, share, and learn about the research, community projects, and various initiatives that have taken place over the past year. The Gathering is also a time when collective discussions on the mission and the direction of research takes place. Gathering participants include Aboriginal peoples from Hydro-affected communities, university researchers and representatives from various NGOs.

Wa Ni Ska Tan has invited Sylvia McAdam, from Treaty 6 lands and co-founder of global grassroots movement, ‘Idle No More’ to keynote the gathering. McAdam will also facilitate a documentary screening and workshop. The three-day Gathering will conclude with a performance by Anishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter Leonard Sumner.

Ramona Neckoway, Assistant Professor in Aboriginal and Northern Studies at UCN, is an active member of Wa Ni Ska Tan and is from the hydro-impacted community of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. She notes that “UCN is a great venue for this year’s gathering; as a faculty member and as a person from a Hydro-affected community, I am looking forward to having sessions at our new facility here in Thompson.”

The public is invited to attend events during the Gathering at UCN. On May 16th @ 4:30PM there will a documentary screening of Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code followed by a discussion with Sylvia McAdam. On May 17th the Gathering closes with a live performance by Leonard Sumner at 8PM, which is also open to the public.

For those wanting more information, or are interested in attending, please contact:

Kelly Janz: (204) 474-9316 or by email at:  [email protected]

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