Conference Schedule

Friday, November 1
~ “From Spirit to Action”

7 am or 4 pm  Pipe Ceremony with John Crier

2 pm Set-up

5 pm   Soup-supper w/ presenters & organizers

6:15 pm  Registration Opens

6:45 pm Prelude: First Nations flautist (Beth Mackenzie)

7:00– 7:30

Grand Entrance with Pe Sakastew Centre Drummers

Invited guests:
— Robin Campbell (Minister of Aboriginal Relations), [John Koehli (chief of staff to set up)]
— Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture
— Camrose (TBA)
— Bill Elliot (Wetaskiwin Mayor)
— Allen Berger (Augustana Dean)

Opening Prayer

Roy Louis (Elder and RCMP Aboriginal Advisor, Hobbema)
Craig Wentland (Augustana Chaplain)

Deans Welcome

Dean Allen Berger

Provincial Welcome

Robin Campbell (Minister of Aboriginal Relations)

Opening music

Manskor Choir (Dr. Ardelle Ries)

7:45– 8:30 pm

Keynote address:  “The Spiritual Basis for Environmental Renewal in Canada”

Sylvia McAdam (First Nations lawyer, Idle No More co-founder)

8:30 – 9:30 pm

Discussion & cookies  🙂

Saturday, Nov. 2

Morning: “We are All Treaty People”
Afternoon: “Creating a Community Land Ethic”

8:30 am  Registration Opens

9:00  Welcome

Opening Contemplation: the Value of a Contemplative Spirit

9:15 – 10:30  (incl. 30 min. table discussions)

Wisdom Teachings: Lessons from the Past
~  Janice Makokis

10:45 –12:15 am (incl. 30 min. table discussions)
Settlers and First Nations Heritage
~  Roger Epp

If time permits, Q & A w/ Roger & Janice to lunch

LUNCH 12:15 – 1:15pm

1:15 – 1:30/35  Music Presentation

Nicholas Howell &/or Augustana Choir

1:30 – 3:30 pm
Panel & Table Discussions:
1.  How are spirit, community and land connected?
2.  What is a word or concept that encapsulates your land ethic?
3.  What is your/our biggest obstacle to meaningful transformation?
4.  Next steps:  what can we do?

Lorne Fitch (or Don Ruzicka) :  communicator, biologist and riparian specialist
Sylvia McAdam or other First Nations person:
Takoda Coen:
(?) David Jardine or Jackie Seidel:  eco-pedagogy pioneer
(?) John Crier:

3:30 – 3:45 pm Tea break & stretch

3:45 – 5:00/5:15 pm
Closing speaker(s):

Fred Kirschenmann

5:15 – 5:30  Round Dance / Closing

Join us…

“Next Generation Thinking” conference begins Friday, November 3.

Everyone is welcome!