Thursday, January 17, 2013

Massey College hosts Press Night about coverage of First Nations issues

Those who closely follow the careering progress of the Idle No More movement and the controversy over the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat will find Tuesday's Press Club Night at Massey College in Toronto something not to be missed. Though it is being held on short notice, it's a drop in, without RSVP, as with other such events. Here's an outline of what's planned:
Filmmaker Victoria Lean has been documenting the challenges faced by Attawapiskat since 2008, well before Chief Theresa Spence’s fall 2011 declaration of a state of emergency drew the attention of major southern media outlets. Since then, the Idle No More movement has coalesced in part around Chief Spence’s hunger strike, her effort to meet with Canadian leadership. The movement has been spurred by the outspoken and subtle advocacy of Hayden King, an Anishinaabe writer and assistant professor of politics at Ryerson. Opening with an 8-minute preview of Lean’s forthcoming film on Attawapiskat, and moderated by Mary Agnes Welch, a journalist who covers aboriginal affairs for the Winnipeg Free Press, the evening promises a vibrant discussion of Canadian reporting on First Nations issues and the Idle No More movement.
Massey College Upper Library
4 Devonshire Place  January 22, 7.30 p.m. – followed by cash bar in the Common Room


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