College of the Rockies Hosting First Nations Political Leader

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Arthur Manuel will discuss decolonization, reconciliation and new directions at College of the Rockies April 7.

College of the Rockies will host Arthur Manuel on Thursday, April 7 for a discussion on Decolonization, Reconciliation and New Directions.

The talk, the latest in the College’s Indigenous Speaker Series, is sponsored by the College of the Rockies Faculty Association and the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC.

Arthur Manuel was four-times elected Chief of his Neskonlith Indian Band and three-times elected Chair of the Shuswap National Tribal Council.  He served as spokesperson of the Interior Alliance of BC Indigenous Nations, co-chaired the Assembly of First Nations Delgamuukw Implementation Strategic Committee, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples and is a founder and a spokesperson for the Defenders of the Land.

On the international stage, Manuel served as co-chair of the Global Indigenous Caucus at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and is currently co-chair of the Forum’s North American Caucus.  Since 2003, Manuel has acted as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade. 

“Mr. Manuel is an impressive representative of his ancestors and, against many odds, stands up for the rights of Indigenous people,” says College of the Rockies’ Aboriginal Education Coordinator, Andrew Judge.  “The community is poised to learn a great deal from his career and dedication to reconciliation.”

Manuel’s presentation will take place in the Aboriginal Gathering Place at the College’s main campus on Thursday, April 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  A social with light refreshments will precede the event from 6:30 to 7:00 pm.

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