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On October 5th, 2015, Solidarity Halifax hosted a public event examining the responsibilities and challenges in upholding the Peace and Friendship Treaties in Mi’kmaki.

Below is a video recording of the event preceded by a new introduction by Elder Bill Lewis. Further down is the event description and short bios for each of the speakers as well as a time marker to advance to each section.


BetweenNationsPoster-Final-Web2In the mid-1700s Britain signed a series of Peace and Friendship treaties with the Mi’kmaq nation. All who live on this land today – Native and non-Native – have a duty to uphold and live by these agreements.

More than a panel discussion: the event featured art by Indigenous artists, opportunities for participation and action, light refreshments, and the following speakers:

Moderated by Tayla Paul [26:35] and Jackie Barkley [17:40]

Ben Sichel [34:00] teaches high school in Dartmouth and writes on education, labour, racism and Aboriginal issues. He holds an M.Ed. in intercultural education and teaches students of all backgrounds the history of colonialism in Mi’kma’ki. He is a member of Solidarity Halifax’s anti-racism committee.

Naiomi W. Metallic [45:05] is an associate lawyer at Burchells LLP in Halifax. Originally from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation on the Gaspé Coast of Québec, Naiomi was the first Mi’gmaq person to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a member of her firm’s Aboriginal and Litigation practice groups. She is also a member of Dalhousie’s Board of Governors, as well as a Commissioner with the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission.

Dr. Afua Cooper [1:01:55] is is the James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies. Her research interests are African Canadian studies, in particular the period of enslavement and emancipation in 18th and 19th century Canada and the Black Atlantic; African-Nova Scotian history; political consciousness; community building and culture; slavery’s aftermath; and Black youth studies. She founded the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA), which she currently chairs.

Sherry Pictou [1:15:50] is former Chief of the Bear River First Nation; member of the Coordinating Committee of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples; Associate Staff with the Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre, and Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University.

Hosted by Solidarity Halifax in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries



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