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Coming Together As One: Navigating the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada

Event Date: 
August 8, 2013 (All day) - August 11, 2013 (All day)
The 2013 Couchiching Conference will explore how we can move towards a just and mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada. This conference, hosted by the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, will feature many diverse voices and a chance to discuss the environmental, social, economic, and constitutional issues in both informal and formal groups.
Please attend for an open, inclusive, non-partisan discussion at Lake Couchiching. All are invited to participate, exchange ideas, and contribute to the dialogue.
This year’s conference includes notable and diverse voices speaking about challenging topics:
  • Roberta Jamieson, prominent Mohawk lawyer and president and CEO of Indspire, will open the Conference on Thursday evening, August 8.
  • The Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada and founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, and 
  • Phil Fontaine, former Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, will deliver the Friday morning Keynote Conversation.
The conference will also include:
  • Dr. Christopher Alcantara, author and associate professor of political science at Wilfred Laurier University
  • Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan
  • Hon. James Bartleman, Chippewas of Mnjikaning First Nation, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Michael Redhead Champagne of the Shamattawa Cree Nation and founder of Aboriginal Youth Opportunities in Winnipeg
  • Wes Fine Day, a Cree elder and storyteller from the Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan
  • Sandra Laronde, award winning founder and artistic director of Red Sky Performance and director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre
  • Hon. David MacDonald, United Church minister, former Member of Parliament and cabinet minister
  • Kathleen Mahoney, professor at the University of Calgary and the architect of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Sheelah McLean, a founder of Idle No More
  • Glenn Nolan, the president of Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and vice-president, Aboriginal Affairs
  • Aaron Paquette, First Nations/Metis artist, writer & presenter
  • Hon. Chuck Strahl, former Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Ruth Thompson, director of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People at the Native Law Centre of Canada, University of Saskatchewan
  • Heather Watts, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, educator, and master’s student at Columbia University
Register now for "early bird" conference rates by filling out this form or by contacting
If you require more information about registering to the 2013 Conference, please contact Nicholas Constantine, Conference Manager at or 416-494-1440 Ext. 254.
Geneva Park, Lake Couchiching
Orillia, Ontario


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