George Elliott Clarke Speaks at The 4th Annual Tommy Douglas Institute - Canada: A Different Story

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 13:30 to 20:30

The 4th annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College is pleased to announce Canada's 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke as its keynote speaker for Canada: A Different Story.

For many of us the need to tell Canada's story is also about the need to tell our own stories. Yet, from playhouse to parliament and from newsroom to classroom, the story too often told is one that has sanitized Canada if its sins, distilled it of its complex diversities, while exiling too many of its peoples to the margins or leaving them off the page entirely.

  • We must go beyond the repetition of status quo "history" and question the story told so far...
  • We must make room for our diverse and often competing narratives of nationhood, and...
  • We must change the single story of Canada to reflect our many stories.

The day will also include interactive exhibits, performances, provocative roundtable discussions and a closing Conversation/Community Forum on Canada: A Different Story - Changing the Narrative featuring poet/author Lee Maracle, filmmaker/writer Ali Kazimi, George Elliott Clarke and interviewer Andray Domise (writer/activist).

Our Stories: What We Tell, What Teach Lunch/Roundtables are:

Stories of Indigenous Peoples: Our Home on Native Land - Facil: Ed Sackaney (Traditional Knowledge/Wisdom Keeper, George Brown College)

Stories of Labour - Forging a Working Peoples' History - Facil: David Kidd (Canadian Union of Public Employees)

Stories of Oppression, Protest and Change - National Shame to Public Dissent... Writing Resistance Back Into History - Facil: Tommy Taylor (Toronto G-20 Activist) / Anna Willats (Activist/Educator, George Brown College)

Stories of Global Canada: Importing Refugees, Exporting Mining Companies - Who In The World Are We? - Facil: Thomas Ponniah (Affiliate Harvard University / rabble columnist)

Stories of Gender: Because It's 20...16... We Are All Builders of Nation - Facil: Fran Odette (Educator/Activist, George Brown College)

Stories of Environmental Justice: Where It Starts and Where It Ends - There Is No Nation Without Nature - Facil: Franz Hartmann (E.D., Toronto Environmental Alliance)

Stories of (Media) Stories - From Page to Stage and Everything In Between - Interrogating Public Narratives - Facil: Desmond Cole (Activist/Journalist, The Toronto Star, Canadaland Commons)

Stories of Belonging: From Multiculturalism to Inclusion and the Question of Citizenship - Facil: Tracey Mann (No One Is Illegal)

The Tommy Douglas Institute welcomes educational communities, wider communties and the public to join us for a day of story-telling about Canada.

If it takes a thousand voices to tell a single story, what is our story of Canada when we collectively imagine nation?

Fee: $55 (regular) / $20 (with student/low wage subsidy)

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