Sunday, February 3, 2013


Community News

The Nature of Being Native

Diverse panel to speak on community issues at UFV Feb 4

Released by Jack Brown, Asst. to MLA Gwen O'Mahony


our panelists will lead a discussion on the nature of the relationship between Canada and its First Peoples Monday, hosted by Gwen O’Mahony, MLA for Chilliwack—Hope.


“The Chilliwack-Hope region is geographically very large and diverse, but too often there is limited communication between our aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities,” said O’Mahony.

“The Idle No More movement has done a wonderful job in raising issues that many aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians feel very strongly about. This panel is an opportunity to build bridges between our communities here in the Fraser Valley.”

The event, co-organized by Chief Otis Jasper of the Soowahlie Nation, arose out of discussions O’Mahony had with community leaders throughout the region.

Panelists include Dr. Wenona Victor of the University of the Fraser Valley, Chief Otis Jasper of the Soowahlie Nation, Robyn Heaslip, a PhD candidate at the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, and Eppa (Gerard Peters), the Chief Negotiator of the In-SHUCK-ch First Nation.

The panel discussion begins at 6:30pm at the Gathering Space, room A1457, at the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack, B.C. The event is free and open to the public. Following the panel discussion, a question and answer period will allow audience members to participate directly.


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