Saturday, September 30 — 4 pm to 6 pm
The Municipality of Port Hopes invite you to, Inspiring Change – an evening of education and culture in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Experience a free, guided live-streamed virtual tour of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, with a focus on the Truth and Reconciliation exhibit.
Following the virtual tour, Mayor Hankivsky will host special guest Jeannette Corbiere Lavell. Born into the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Ms. Corbiere Lavell is an educator and lifelong advocate for Indigenous women’s rights. In 1970, she lost her status under the Indian Act when she married a non-Indigenous man. Noting that the same did not apply to Indigenous men, she challenged the Indian Act at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Join us in conversation with Ms. Corbiere Lavell as she recounts how her actions served as a catalyst for activism on the issue of gender discrimination against Indigenous women.
Ms. Corbiere will be joined by her daughter, Dr. Dawn Lavell Harvard, Ph.D., who is a proud member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, the first Aboriginal Trudeau Scholar, and has worked to advance the rights of Aboriginal women as the President of the Ontario Native Women’s Association since 2003. Dr. Lavell is Director at the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University.
To help local indigenous students achieve their dreams of post, secondary education, donations to Trent University’s First Peoples House of Learning are greatly appreciated.