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UFV Indigenous Hosts N.I.R.E.D 2015: Brenda Sayers addresses Hupacasath First Nation’s court challenge to Canada’s Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with China
National Indigenous Rights Education Day Speakers Series 2015 was hosted on February 27 in UFV International’s Global Lounge. Brenda Sayers of Hupacasath First Nation (HFN) spoke about her community’s challenge to the signing, between Canada and China, of the latest of a series of FIPPAs. It is modeled after the North America Free Trade Agreement between the USA, Mexico, and Canada, but according to Brenda Sayers and the HFN court challenge, CCFIPPA could have far-reaching negative effects on sovereignty for all Canadians, not only First Nations. Her speech outlines the difficulty of the accord, and the outcomes of the appeal, as well as recommendations for the way forward. The full speech and transcripts will be available here very soon.
Tl’o Tem Wiyothtset: It’s Always Our Time at S’eliyemetaxwtexw
UFV and Stó:lō team up to offer staged reading of The Berlin Blues
One of the featured keynote speakers will be Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire – a national organization dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs and provide the necessary tools for Indigenous people, especially youth, to achieve the fullest potential possible. In her keynote address, Jamieson will discuss changes needed and progress being made to close the post-secondary education gap between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal population in Canada.