GlobalFest Human Rights Forum 2017 - Presented by UNAC Calgary

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John Dutton Theatre
Calgary, Alberta, CA

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GlobalFest 2017 Human Rights Forum presented by UNAC Calgary

Light snacks provided by Aahksoyo'p Indigenous Comfort Food

Please join us August 8th-12th for the GlobalFest 2017 Human Rights Forum presented by UNAC Calgary.

If you can't make it to the event, be sure to check out our livestream:

Since 2007 the Human Rights Forum has been offered as part of GlobalFest’s programming to promote diversity, cross cultural respect, and equality in our community. Structured around the UNESCO's Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination, the Forum will assemble exceptional speakers and performers to explore practical solutions for issues related to Indigenous communities as well as showcase the thriving work of local Indigenous artists and organizations to share in celebration of Indigenous resilience.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
The Indigenous Labour Force: Barriers and Paths to Success

Featuring Melrene Eaglespeaker, Julian Spear Chief-Morris, and LeLand English

Explore how education and career options have changed for today’s Indigenous youth, and how they will play a significant role in Canada’s future workforce.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Exploring Sustainable Solutions: Indigenous Resource Development and Asset Management

Featuring Lynne Fernandez, Andrew Moore, and Thomas Snow

Explore how Indigenous communities approach natural resources use within he context of economic development

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
The Indigenous Offender: The Over-representation in Canada’s Correctional Facilities

Featuring Shalome Hope, Dr. Harpreet Aulakh, and Keith Chief Moon

Learn more about how intergenerational trauma and race relations have impacted the incarceration rates of Canada’s Indigenous populations.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Two Spirited: Exploring Gender Identity from an Indigenous Lens

Featuring Evans Yellow Old Woman, Cherish Blood, and Lacey Hill

Explore sexuality, gender identity, and LGBTQ rights from an Indigenous perspective.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 | 11:00AM– 1:00 PM
The GlobalFest Indigenous Urban Arts Program: Seeking Reconciliation

Featuring Rebecca Dawn, Dwight Farahat, Lacey Hill, Ty Flemming, Erine Thai, Jessica McMann, LightningCloud - LA Indigenous Hip Hop Duo - Indigenous Music Awards Winners

Celebrate GlobalFest’s Urban Arts Program as artist share their journey of reconciliation through collective learning and professional development: music, dance, visual art, and spoken word poetry.

These events take place on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Wheelchair Accessible
Gender Neutral Bathrooms
Please contact for accessibility needs.

All events will be livestreamed on the Calgary Public Library website and broadcast on CJSW radio for those unable to attend.

With support from UNAC Calgary Branch, UFCW, Spirit Staffing, CCIS, Calgary Public Library, Calgary Sun, CJSW, Hotel Blackfoot, Nash Productions, Aahksoyo'p Indigenous Comfort Food, and SoundArt