2017 Speaker Series – The Canadian Family: Redefining Inclusion
June 22nd at 7pm at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto
Join us for an enlightening, fascinating, and timely panel discussion about the Canadian family. Our organizational goal is to foster inclusion and this panel will explore what that means for families. What does inclusion mean? What is the role of families? How can families be included and not only maintain, but share their strengths? What are the challenges and opportunities? And what do families need to thrive? We’ll get perspective from our speakers who come from the oldest family traditions in Canada and from the newest families who call Canada home.
Zeena Al Hamdan, Programs Manager, Arab Community Centre of Toronto
Everyday, Zeena hears about the challenges faced by refugee families when they come to Canada. She’ll talk about the complex issues they and their children face in schools and in their communities as they adjust to new cultures, new family dynamics and new ways of being in the world.
Paul Cormier, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
Paul is a status Indian registered with Lake Helen First Nations, Red Rock Indian Band. Paul studies peace and conflict with the lens of the Aboriginal world view. He will describe the strengths of Aboriginal family structures and identities and how they are being challenged today.
Tesa Fiddler, Indigenous Education Resource Teacher, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
Tesa brings her perspective as a resource teacher in Thunder Bay, as a member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and as a mom to two daughters. She says there is a huge opportunity now to make things better for First Nation families, and that in the wake of residential schools, support for families should include parent mentors to help parents learn to be parents.
Nora will bring the big-picture perspective on family life in Canada right now.
Throughout her career, Nora has engaged the research community to mobilize knowledge and connect those who study, serve and support Canada’s diverse families. Nora has spent more than 25 years engaging organizations from many sectors as well as business, labour, government and community leaders across Canada and abroad to strengthen families, create productive and supportive work environments, and build healthy communities. She is Mom to two, and grandmother to two.
Our moderator will be Cheryl Jackson, Roots of Empathy’s Director of Communications
Admission is free, but registration is required.
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