One-Day Conference Program
Green Wood Coalition is pleased to present IMAGINATE 2018 – a one-day conference and evening of performance and talks exploring some of the most pressing social issues of our time. The daytime conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and include a selection of workshops and panel discussions, morning refreshments and a catered lunch.
Upon purchase of your ticket, you will be prompted to choose workshop preferences.
Friday Morning, March 23
8:30 a.m. Check in/Registration, Victoria Hall
9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker Jesse Thistle
Cree-Metis on his mother’s side and Algonquin-Scot on his father’s side, Jesse is a Ph.D. candidate in History, a Trudeau and Vanier Scholar, and a Governor General Medalist. For the past 2 years as the Resident Scholar on Indigenous Homelessness for the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, he wrote the Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada. His lived-experience with addiction and homelessness has shaped the way he approaches homeless policy, Indigenous history, social work, and addiction studies.
10:00 a.m. Break with Refreshments
10:30 a.m. Morning Workshops (Choose one)
A. Murphy’s Law Film Screening – Megan Murphy, Filmmaker Award-winning documentary chronicles the filmmaker’s story of self-discovery and healing as she retraces her late father’s journey through Ireland. Audience Q & A will follow.
B. Engaging the Other– Christian Harvey, Director of Warming Room, Peterborough Interactive workshop that explores meaningful engagement and interconnectedness of those who “help” with those who are “marginalized”. (Limited to first 30 participants)
Noon Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. Birds of Chicago
JT Nero and Allison Russell will fire up the afternoon with a socially-conscious sound that’s been described as a mix of folk, mountain gospel, soul and rock, a “near perfect Americana.”
1:45 p.m. Afternoon Workshops (Choose one)
A. The Authentic Voice – Moderated by Dr. Cyndi Gilmer, Trent School of Nursing
This “lived experience” panel of individuals who have overcome homelessness, hunger, or addiction and now use those experiences to build better social responses, and help others to find healing.
B. Extending the Table – Moderated by Nicole Beatty, Community Builder
Canada is one of the world’s leading exporters of food—why then do we have hungry people in this country? This panel of big thinkers, hosted by Local Food for Local Good, and Cultivate Festival, will explore the possibilities for growing and sharing food in ways that are accessible, affordable and healthy for everyone.
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – Truth and Re-Imagination
A conversation between Ojibway playwright and author Drew Hayden Taylor; Mississauga artist and biologist Rick Beaver; Alderville First Nation Councillor Julie Bothwell; and Metis artist Mique Michelle, centred on visioning a way forward through story, art and Indigenous ways of knowing.
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
Evening of Possibility 7:00-9:00 p.m., Victoria Hall
We present this inspiring lineup of musicians, poets, filmmakers and storytellers, each of whom is committed to creating a better way for our community:
David Newland: Host, Musician, Adventurer
Drew Hayden Taylor: Author, Playwright
Birds of Chicago: Americana Musicians
Mique Michelle: Graffiti Artist
Arlene Howells: Change Communicator
Jesse Thistle: Scholar and Survivor
Christian Harvey: Social Justice Leader
Megan Murphy: Filmmaker, Broadcaster
Ted Staunton: Children’s Author
Reception by Cultivate Festival of Food & Drink