Event – Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report

unacto1Vancouverites are invited to join Survivors, Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada releases the Final Report Findings and Recommendations. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd from 8:00am – 11:00am PST. The Vancouver Coordinating Committee for TRC Closing Events welcomes six panelists to the event, including TRC Honorary Witnesses and both Indigenous and non-Indigenous community leaders, to reflect on the closing of the TRC and the possibilities moving forward.  UNAC -Vancouver Past President Patsy George will be in attendance as an Honorary Witness.

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 9.31.53 PMTogether we will recognize and celebrate our diverse histories and unique strengths in attempt to find a New Way Forward for Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians.

Details of the event and registration:

  • Honorary Witness Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver
  • Rev. Mary Fontaine, Hummingbird Ministries
  • Honorary Witness David Wong, Architect, Community Activist and Writer
  • Doug White, Director, Centre for Pre‐Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation, Vancouver Island University
  • Jody Wilson-Raybould, Regional Chief, B.C. Assembly of First Nations
  • Linda Morris, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Member and Community Engagement, Vancity

Attendees may attend both the Live Broadcast and the Panel Discussion, or they may join us just for the Panel Discussion component. Please note that there will be a short break between the Live Broadcast and the Panel Discussion.

We are expecting seats for this event to fill, so please register early.

The Diabological Consequences of the EU-India Free Trade Agreement

The present free trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and India represents a lack of corporate social responsibility and huge concessions by the Government of India, says Stephen Lewis, Order of Canada recipient, former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, and current Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.

At present he says, Indian generic pharmaceutical companies provide 80% of all AIDS drugs in the developing world, keeping prices low enough to combat the AIDS pandemic. For the promises of increased trade, and due to the pressure of the pharmaceutical industry on the EU, affordable generic drugs will be difficult to come by, and the priorities of global public health and our human collective right to health will be further eroded.

Read more of Stephen Lewis’ remarks made at the Dean’s Signature Series, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto.