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THUNDER BAY, ON: -----   February 21, 2011  ---  Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Treaty 5Grand Chief Stan Treaty 9Beardy together with NAN Chiefs, elders, leading academics, students, youth and other interested parties will gather February 23 – 24, 2011 for the NAN/Canada Treaty Discussion Forum Symposium.

 DATE: Wednesday February 23, 2011 TIME: 9:15am –
 LOCATION: Lakehead University Lecture Theatre, Room 2011
 Thunder Bay, ON

The two-day Symposium, hosted by the NAN/Canada Treaty Discussion Forum in partnership with Lakehead University’s Aboriginal Initiatives is intended to foster dialogue among participants and provide the general public with a greater understanding of Treaty No. 5 and Treaty No. 9 through presentations and discussion panels that take into consideration both views of Treaty, the written document and oral history.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nation communities within James Bay Treaty No. 9 and Treaty No. 5 territory – an area covering two-thirds of the province of Ontario.

TREATIES NO. 5 & NO. 9 SYMPOSIUM:
“SHARING THE HISTORY – WHAT IS THE FUTURE?”

February 23 & 24, 2011
Nishnawbe Aski Nation/Canada Treaty Discussion Forum
JOINT PARTNERSHIP WITH ABORIGINAL INITIATIVES

February 23, 2011 - Day 1
8:30 am Opening prayer - Elder
8:40 am Thunder Mountain Singers
8:50 am Opening by Moderator
Wally McKay – Facilitator, NAN/Canada Treaty Discussion Forum
9:00 am Welcoming Remarks
Chief Peter Collins – Fort William First Nation
Grand Chief Stan Beardy – Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Leigh Jessen – ARDG, INAC Regional Office
Mayor Keith Hobbs – City of Thunder Bay
Beverly Sabourin – Vice Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives – Lakehead University
9:15 am Setting the Context – “Why Treaty Discussions?”
Victoria De La Ronde – Federal Treaty Representative – Canada
9:30 am NAN/Canada Treaty Discussion Forum (2003 – present)
Mike Cachagee – NAN Representative
Sandra Wabegijig – Canada Representative
10:00 am Introduction to “Panorama – Historical Landmarks in the Treaty Relationship”
Louis Bird – Elder, Historian – Weenusk First Nation
Dr. Janet Armstrong – Armstrong Historical Research
Jean-Pierre Morin – Historian – Canada
10:15 am Presentations
Dr. John Long – Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Education, Nipissing University – Treaty No. 9
Dr. Janet Armstrong – Armstrong Historical Research – History of Treaty No. 5
11:30 am Plenary Discussions
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Presentation
James Morrison – Legal and Historical Research, Winnipeg, Manitoba – Treaty No. 9
1:45 pm Plenary Discussion
2:00 pm NAN leadership Panel
Chief Adam Fiddler – Sandy Lake First Nation – Treaty No. 5
Chief Andrew Solomon – Fort Albany First Nation – Treaty No. 9
3:00 pm Canada/Ontario Panel
Victoria De La Ronde – Federal Treaty Representative – Canada
Doug Carr – Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs – Ontario
3:30 pm Plenary Discussion
4:00 pm Closing remarks by Moderator
Wally McKay – Facilitator , NAN/Canada Treaty Discussion Forum
4:15 pm Medicine Wheel Spirit Singers
February 24, 2011 - Day 2
9:00 am Thunder Mountain Singers
9:15 am Opening Remarks by Moderator
Wally McKay – Facilitator – NAN/Canada Treaty Discussion Forum
9:30 am Elders’ Perspectives on Treaty No. 9 & Treaty No. 5
Elder Greg Koostachin – Attawapiskat First Nation – Treaty No. 9
Elder Jonas Fiddler – Sandy Lake First Nation – Treaty No. 5
11:00 am Louis Bird – Elder, Historian – Weenusk First Nation
11:30 am Plenary Session
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Dr. Peter Russell – Author and University Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Toronto
2:00 pm Lakehead University – Student Perspective
Ashlie Laframboise
Kristie Williams
Kyle Elliot-Kilgour
Diane Lidemark
3:00 pm Plenary Session
3:45 pm Closing remarks by Moderator, Wallace McKay,
Facilitator, NAN/Canada Treaty Discussion Forum
4:00 pm Medicine Wheel Spirit Singers
4:20 pm Closing Prayer- Elder
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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