WHAT: Please join us for speakers and panel discussion. We will have an intermission for a free lunch, and then form break out groups and discuss inequality in a more casual setting, amongst those who wish to participate
WHEN: April 27, 2014 from 1 PM to 4 PM.
WHERE: Edmonton Public Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Ricardo is the Executive Director of the Parkland Institute, Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta – a position he has held since May 2002. Previous to that he worked for nine years as Projects Coordinator for Change for Children Association, an Alberta-based international development organization working in Latin America. He has a degree in Political Science and History from the University of Alberta, and has over 20 years experience as a volunteer, staffer and consultant for various non-government and non-profit organizations around the province. Ricardois a regular speaker to students, teachers, and community groups around Alberta. He has spoken extensively and written on energy policy, democracy, privatization and the Alberta economy. He is a regular media commentator on public policy issues, and writes a regular column for VueWeekly in Edmonton.
Janet Keeping is leader of the Green Party of Alberta. Active engagement in politics is the natural extension of Janet’s long-term commitment to human-friendly and healthy environments, social justice and true democracy.
Community Facilitator Ken is from the Enoch Cree Nation west of Edmonton, Alberta. Since his diagnosis in 1989 Ken has been a tireless spokesperson for the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS movement in Alberta. Ken was involved in the first healing and support gatherings for persons living with HIV/AIDS in 1990. His strength is his ability to share openly his personal journey with HIV and he is one of the most recognizable speakers on HIV in our community. As a frontline activist for HIV/AIDS awareness and support, Ken is always ready to reach out to those individuals and communities that are under served and unaware of how to deal with the disease and all the issues that surround it.“It’s important to break down community barriers and misunderstandings … overcoming fear and ignorance with humor and understanding.”
Ken Ward was also a former Band Councilor for Enoch Cree Nation, contributor for the national Aboriginal newspaper “The Windspeaker”. Has appeared in 12 National documentaries most noted “The Long Walk” produced by National Film Board. Co-founded several societies in Alberta,Saskatchewan. (Currently,does speaking tours in Sask,Alberta and B.C)
Helen McFadyen has many years experience as a grass roots advocate, spokesperson, and consultant in the field of inclusion, rights, accessibility,and social supports for persons with disabilities. She is a strong proponent of Canada’s Social Determinants of Health. Helen is a Unitarian Universalist Candidate Minister, currently working in community as Chaplain and Spiritual Care Director at St. Thomas Health Centre in Edmonton. She holds a Master of Divinity from Atlantic School of Theology and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at St.Stephen’s College, University of Alberta.
Occupy Edmonton is a non-profit social justice group dedicated to strengthening Edmonton’s communities through direct action and participatory frameworks.
More details and scheduling to be announced.