Past Edmonton Event: VOL 28

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VOL 28

June 01, 2017
@ Maclab Theatre at The Citadel

For Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) 28, Edmonton’s NextGen is asking Edmontonians, “What’s your idea for building a stronger, more inclusive, and more sustainable Canada?” Ten presenters will engage, inspire, and challenge the audience with their ideas on how Canadians can grow together into the next 150 years. Check out the lineup:

Pecha Kucha Night 28 is sponsored by the City of Edmonton, Colliers International, and the Edmonton Heritage Council.

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The Land We Stand On

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"I want to persuade you today that there are in fact thousands of years of stories here, and I want to give you some tools to recognize them."

Storyteller, community historian, and Edmonton's Historian Laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips talks about what happens what he fields questions about history from Edmontonians, and what he's learned from working with locals to seek the answers.

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Forestry: Sustainable Innovation

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"If you or anybody you know is interested in a sustainable, innovative sector, you might want to take a look deeper into the woods."

Work Wild's Anne Normand explores the careful management and innovation currently maintaining balance between humanity's resource needs and the needs of a healthy forest. Dive into some of the technology and products, from bio-fuels to plastics to building materials, that are pushing forestry to the forefront of sustainable industries. 

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Educate, Integrate, Celebrate

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"In a world that likes to divide between us and them, it's not about creating a space for them and creating a space for us. It's about recognizing our common humanity."

Karen Unger introduces us to motionball, an organization that seeks to introduce young professionals to the Special Olympics movement and break down barriers between 'neuro-typical' adults and adults with an intellectual disability.

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The River

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

“Like many Indigenous youth these days, I grew up in the city. And I wonder every day, how can I better be an Indigenous person when everything has been paved over?”

Jacquelyn Cardinal, tech entrepreneur and nêhiyaw-iskwêw from northern Alberta, explores the journey that Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians must take together to fully realize the promise of Canada through understanding and putting into practice the Peace and Friendship Treaties.

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Black Edmonton: Our History, Our Legacy

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"This history is not meant to shame. It's based on the principle that the first step to step a problem is to recognize that there is one."

Bashir Mohamed shares personal and historic anecdotes of racism and resistance against Black Edmontonians. Through his story and others, Bashir explains the importance of learning and celebrating this history in order to understand contemporary racism and why groups such as Black Lives Matter are relevant now more than ever.

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Where the Spirits Roam

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"The land means everything to me. I'm just another part of the circle. When I work with youth who are lost in a myriad of government-imposed systems, this connection has often been broken. And how do we bring that connection back?"

Conor Kerr shares how creating a cultural connection to the natural evironment for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will allow for finding who we are as Indigenous people and as allies moving forward together.

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Creating a Dialogue and Building a Story

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"It's a placement of onesself outside the norm and the mainstream. It's an identity that's perfect for society critique. 'Queer' is not a bad word. It's an owned word—a negative word that's been given a positive connotation by our community."

Raj Bali has spent the last year working to build a space for marginalized people to share their experience, create a dialogue and learn from one another. His experience informed this talk on queer representation and why it's essential to give more of the spotlight to marginalized voices.

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Re-Positioning Mental Health

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

“It might surprise you that Abraham Lincoln, when he was the President of the United States, suffered from clinical depression. He suffered for the duration of his life, and at the time they considered that a character flaw.”

Mark Korthuis examines the history of mental health—where we've been, where we are now, and why the mental health landscape will look drastically different over the next 150 years.

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Transforming to a Resilient City

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"Imagine if we worked even harder to protect our ecosystems so that they continue to provide us with goods and services ... so that we don't have to spend so much of our money on engineering solutions."

Danielle Koleyak considers the impacts our changing climate could have on the biophysical environment and therefore the liveability of our cities. More importantly, she poses some ideas for building resilience and mitigating some of these impacts.

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Inviting the Indigenous Sports World to Edmonton

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"We have to get back to that circle where we're sitting together because that was the intention—that we're all Treaty people. We have a responsibility and an obligation to the lands, the waters, to each other and to our children."

In "Inviting the Indigenous Sports World to Edmonton" from PechaKucha Night Edmonton Vol. 28, Jodi Stonehouse sheds light on the beauty of the World Indigenous Nations Games soon to visit Edmonton—what they mean for the city, for Indigenous peoples, and for every one of us looking to grow and reconcile together.

Chris Chang- Yen Phillips
Communications Officer, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation in Edmonton
Ann Normand
in Edmonton
Karen Unger
in Edmonton
Bashir Mohamed
in Edmonton
Conor Kerr
First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Consultant, Edmonton Public School Board in Edmonton
Raj Bali
Business Operations Manager, Electrical Controls Manufacturing Inc in Edmonton
Mark Korthuis
in Edmonton
Danielle Koleyak
in Edmonton
Jodi Stonehouse
in Edmonton