Carleton University will host the 4th annual Youth Conference in honour of Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities (NDRAMA). This year’s conference, which will focus on Youth Engaging in Reconciliation, will feature a keynote address from National Chief Dwight Dorey of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.
When: Friday, April 22, 2016 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 2000 Minto Building and Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Dorey’s keynote address entitled Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights in Canada will take place from 9:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. in the Bell Auditorium, 2000 Minto Building, Carleton University.
The conference, which will host over 400 high school students and teachers, will also present eight workshops focusing on remembrance and action, where reconciliation projects and campaigns in Ottawa will be highlighted.
The day will also feature a Lunch & Learn session with drumming, dancing and singing, a resource fair with local Indigenous organizations, and a mingle with leaders session.
The Youth Conference is a partnership between Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs, the All-Party Parliamentary Genocide Prevention Group and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.
About NDRAMA & the Youth Conference:
Local activist Norm King came up with the idea of creating a Canadian national day to raise awareness about mass atrocities occurring around the world. Due to his lobbying, the House of Commons established Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities in 2010. April 23 was chosen to honour the birthday of Lester B. Pearson, former prime minister and Canada’s only Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Conferences have been held annually to commemorate the national day. In 2013, educator Tricia Leduc created a youth conference in Ottawa.
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