Civil Debates 3: Idle No More

After rigorous debate on Creative Cities theories and the Role of Arts Boards, we’re excited to announce the speakers for #CivilDebates 3: Idle No More.

Resolution to be addressed:

The issues that created the Idle No More movement require extreme methods to achieve change.


??2009 alex felipe All Rights Reserved. Native Earth shoot at Six Nations Res.Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, dramaturg and director. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, Scattering Jake, from thine eyes, Ham and the Ram, The Unplugging, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy. She is the editor of Beyond the Pale: Dramatic Writing from First Nations Writers and Writers of Colour, and of Refractions: Solo, with Donna-Michelle St Bernard.

Directing credits include Justice, Café Daughter (Gwaandak Theatre), Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, Salt Baby, A Very Polite Genocide, Death of a Chief, Tales of An Urban Indian, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, Annie Mae’s Movement (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), The Only Good Indian…, The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals). From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest professional Aboriginal theatre. She is currently working on a book on Native theatre in Canada.

HaydenKingHayden King is Pottawatomi and Ojibwe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchimnissing (Christian Island) in Huronia, Ontario. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University and is also affiliated to the Centre for Indigenous Governance.

Hayden King is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at McMaster University. He also holds an MA from Queen’s University (Political Science) and a BA from McMaster University (Political Science). In addition to work in the academy, Hayden has served as the Senior Policy Adviser to the Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Director of Research for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Scholar-in-Residence for the Conference Board of Canada, Governance Consultant to Beausoleil First Nation and an Instructor at the First Nations Technical Institute. Hayden’s teaching focus is on Canadian History, Indigenous Politics, International Relations and Political Economy. Hayden also developed a diverse research program that focuses on land and resource management in the Canadian north, (mis)representation of Indigenous peoples in mainstream media, the political economy of reconciliation in Canada, and an Anishinaabe theory of International Relations. Follow Hayden on twitter: @Hayden_King

wandaWanda Nanibush is an Anishinabe-kwe mother, curator, image and word warrior from Beausoleil First Nation.

Nanibush has published in FUSE magazine, Literary Review of Canada, MUSKRAT magazine and in the book: This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades amount others. She is an Idle No More Toronto organizer and history buff.

Unlike the previous two #CivilDebates, this debate will not be modelled on the Parliamentary debate system. Discussion will be broken into five sections:

1. 5 minutes from each of the speakers responding to the statement:

The issues that created the Idle No More movement require extreme methods to achieve change.

2. Up to 5 minutes each for each of the speakers to respond to any of the ideas put forward by the other speakers.

3. Reading of 21 Provocative Statements. 7 each provided by by the speakers, but not-attributed.

4. Opportunity for audience members to respond to one of the statements for two minutes. Debaters may also participate.

5. Conclusion. An opportunity to define the final portion of the discussion to discuss any actions, opportunities or ideas have been illuminated by the discussion.

Civil Debates 3: Idle No More
WHEN: June 18, 2013; doors 7pm, debates 7.30pm
WHERE: The Theatre Centre Pop-Up, 1095 Queen St. West, at Dovercourt
PWYC at the door. No RSVP required.
Hashtag: #CivilDebates

Click here for more information about the Civil Debates series in partnership between The Theatre Centre & Praxis Theatre.

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