The 2016-17 season of the award-winning Visionary Conversations series will launch with a discussion about moving from theory to action in reconciliation, one year after the inauguration of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard will host the panel discussion.
September 21, 2016
Robert Schultz Theatre
St. John’s College, Fort Garry Campus
University of Manitoba
Reception // 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion // 7 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
View the live webcast here (active on September 21, 7-8:30pm).
Nahanni Fontaine [MA/01] is the MLA for St. Johns, and NDP critic for Status of Women; Persons with Disabilities; Families; and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Nahanni has served as a representative of the Indigenous community on the Winnipeg Police Advisory Board, Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the United Nations Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In past, Nahanni served as the Province’s Special Advisor on Aboriginal Women’s Issues. She has won many awards, including the YMCA Women of Distinction Award; and the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case. Nahanni is Status Ojibway from the Sagkeeng Anishinaabe First Nation and is the proud mother of Jonah and Niinichaanis.
Tina Keeper is a Winnipeg based media producer, President of Kistikan Pictures. Recent productions include the feature film, Road of Iniquity, associate producer of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Going Home Star, and the upcoming feature film production Through Black Spruce based on Joseph Boyden’s Giller prize winning novel. Tina formerly served as a Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Churchill. Tina has a BA Theatre from the University of Winnipeg and has trained at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, the Banff Centre and the Sundance Institute. Tina currently serves as Chair of the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation, a member of the Manitoba Hydro board, Onscreen Manitoba Board, the advisory Committee to Urban Shaman Gallery, and is a member of the Order of Manitoba, Canadians for a New Partnership, a recipient of an Aboriginal Achievement Award, a Gemini Award and a 2014 Canadian Civil Liberties Association award for Public Engagement.
Lenard Monkman is Anishinaabe from Lake Manitoba First Nation, Treaty 2 territory. He is an associate producer for CBC Aboriginal, and is the co-founder of Red Rising Magazine, a new independent Indigenous media. He is a volunteer spokesperson and community organizer for Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO!), and has been instrumental in building bridges between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Winnipeg. He is also the founder of the annual 100 Basketballs Initiative, which to date, has given close to 600 basketballs to children in the North End of Winnipeg. He is a student at the University of Winnipeg.
Ry Moran is the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, building on a previous role as Director of Statement Gathering with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Before joining the TRC, Ry was the founder and president of YellowTilt Productions, which delivered services in a variety of areas including Aboriginal language presentation and oral history. Ry’s professional skills and creativity have earned him many awards, including a National Aboriginal Role Model Award, and a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award. Ry is a proud member of the Métis Nation.