News Release

REF NO.: 210

SUBJECT: PSA: Memorial University to hold conference on Aboriginal citizenship

DATE: March 20, 2015

Indigenous youth, Memorial University students, faculty and staff and the general public will discuss Aboriginal-state relations in Canada next week.

The conference, Aboriginal Citizenship in the 21st Century: A Time of Challenge and Possibility, will specifically focus on issues and challenges related to the socio-economic, political development and health and well-being of Aboriginal individuals and communities in Canada. The five-day event will take place March 23-27 on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

Participants will attend workshops on career development and life-skills training, undergraduate and graduate level seminars, research presentations by Canadian and international academics, roundtables with political leaders from across Canada and various cultural events.

The conference is being organized by the Gwich’in Tribal Council as part of a broader initiative known as the Gwich’in 10 Year Self Government Human Resources Strategy. Partners include the Nunatsiavut Government, Canadian North and Memorial University.

Each day there will be a special event open to the public with presentations led by academics and Indigenous leaders. A complete schedule can be found at www.gtcconference.wordpress.com.     

Registration is free for Indigenous people and students; registration for non-Indigenous people is $30 per day and $75 for the whole conference (on-site and virtual).

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