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  • Director of Research for MMIWG inquiry to speak at Brock

    MEDIA RELEASE: 21 January 2020 – R0013

    Karine Duhamel will be at Brock University Thursday, Jan. 23 to talk about her work as Director of Research for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), and the work she has done since with families and survivors.

    Duhamel’s research focuses on Indigenous rights movements in Canada and the U.S., the history and legacy of residential schools, and the spirit and intent of treaty relationships.

    The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was mandated to report on the causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including underlying social, economic, and historical causes as well as existing institutional policies and practices addressing violence.

    “The MMIWG inquiry is vital for families and communities affected to attempt to find answers and perhaps some solace,” said Brock History Professor Maureen Lux. “But it is also fundamental in Canada’s rather-recent examination of the legacies of colonialism. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission began the conversation, the MMIWG inquiry broadens and deepens the discussion.”

    In her role as Director of Research for the MMIWG National Inquiry, Duhamel drafted the Final Report and managed the Forensic Document Review Project and the Legacy Archive.

    Traditionally, Indigenous women and girls were revered as life-givers and caregivers, and the National Inquiry envisioned building a foundation that allows Indigenous women and girls to reclaim their power and place.

    Interviewed earlier this week on CKTB’s One Dish One Mic, Duhamel said “We really wanted to focus on this idea of our women and girls as sacred as a way of denormalizing violence and instead finding identity and safety and culture.”

    “We wanted to identify cultural programming, not as a nice-to-have, but an essential thing,” said Duhamel, who described culture and safety as being intrinsically linked.

    The Inquiry consulted with elders, knowledge keepers, oral histories, and storytelling to identify Indigenous ideas about the roles and responsibilities of women and girls and their places in communities and families.

    Duhamel’s lecture, ‘I am here for justice and I am here for change — Inside the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,’ will be held Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in Pond Inlet. It is free and open to the public.

    Organized by the Department of History, the talk is also sponsored by the Centre for Canadian Studies, the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, the Faculty of Humanities, and the Social Justice and Equity Studies program.

     

    What: Free public lecture by Karine Duhamel, Director of Research, National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

    When: Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.

    Where: Pond Inlet, Brock University

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

    Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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  • Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas gala offers a helping hand to post-secondary education

    MEDIA RELEASE: 21 January 2020 – R0012

    Madison House knows first-hand the difference a little extra help can make.

    During her high school years, the Fort Erie student received extra assistance from her teachers with subjects she found challenging. It led to a passion for education and a desire to give back to students and to encourage others to do the same.

    Though she is yet to formally take charge of her own classroom, the 19-year-old Concurrent Education student is already making a difference in the lives of hundreds of Niagara students through a fundraising gala she’s helping to organize with the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS).

    The BLCS’ Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas event will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at Club Roma in St. Catharines and encourages guests to wear their best denim and jewelry while raising money for bursaries to be awarded to District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) Academy students.

    With the Academy providing comprehensive social and academic support to elementary and high school students striving to be the first in their family to attend post-secondary, House believes the extra help provided from bursary funding can have a similar impact to the support she received during her studies.

    “I think almost everyone can pinpoint a time in their educational journey when someone offered some type of much-needed assistance,” she said. “Being a community that supports students allows us to provide that experience and helps students discover what they want to be and how they can also give back.”

    To date, the annual gala has raised more than $75,000 for bursaries, and House is hoping to significantly increase that total this year.

    “It’s important for the BLCS to be involved in the community Brock is embedded in,” she said. “One of the ways we can do this is to support student bursaries and give back to the DSBN Academy as it continues to grow and welcome students from across Niagara.”

    Beginning at 6 p.m., the evening will kick off with a live performance from the DSBN Academy jazz band before the denim-clad attendees enjoy a three-course meal, silent auction and raffle for a diamond ring.

    House hopes in addition to the evening’s activities, those in attendance will take the time to talk with students from the Academy to offer words of encouragement.

    “We want the Academy’s students to know how many people are behind them and are pulling for them to succeed,” she said.

    Tickets for the Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas gala can be bought for $65 each or $600 for a table of 10 on the Eventbrite website. Anyone who is not able to attend but would still like to purchase a $5 raffle ticket for the diamond ring is invited to email denimdiplomas@gmail.com

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

    Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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