EndPovertyEdmonton is looking forward to the 4th Annual Gall Conference on Monday September 21st, hosted by John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. It takes place Monday at the Boyle Street Plaza. Its focus is Poverty, Justice and Peace. Bishop Jane Alexander, Co Chair of EndPovertyEdmonton, is pleased to be introducing the distinguished key note speaker, Dr. Dawn Lavell- Harvard to talk about Aboriginal women, poverty and human rights - all important issues to the EndPovertyEdmonton Strategy released September 18, 2015.
Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Ph.D., now Interim President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), is a proud member of the Wikwemikong First Nation, the first Aboriginal Trudeau Scholar, and has worked to advance the rights of Aboriginal women in Ontario and Canada for fifteen years. While Canada is working to advance a resolution at the United Nations (UN) on violence against women, we have failed to address criticisms from the UN in relation to human rights violations against Aboriginal women. Missing and murdered indigenous women are a wound on Canada's human rights record and connect directly to issues around poverty and access to justice. In spirit of reconciliation, Dr. Lavell-Harvard will challenge us to consider Canada's commitments to Aboriginal women and reflect on the role that communities can play in addressing the root causes to this issue.
September 21, 2015 (International Day of Peace)
Boyle Street Plaza, Edmonton Alberta
9 am - 5 pm
followed by stew and bannock networking until 7 pm
Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard will speak to the connections of poverty, access to justice and missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The key note will build on this discussion of access to justice with the Canadian Human Rights Commission as they present results from a two year study of barriers and we engage in critical debate of their outcomes and the path forward for women and human rights with Juanita Murphy, Rachelle Venne and Koren Lightning-Earle.
Participants will then hear stories of mental health from Amy Parks and Shima Robinson while engaging in debate with David Swann and David Shepherd about the role of the provincial government and what needs to be done. Finally the day will end with stew and bannock from TeePee Treats and presentation from peace soldiers Andrew Lam and Vicki Moses