The Jeanne Sauvé Forum Series on Social Connectedness and International Development was created by Kim Samuel in collaboration with the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. This ongoing series of lectures explores the root causes of social isolation, along with strategies for building social connectedness and community through policy and program development. The series began in the fall of 2016 with weekly discussions at the historic Jeanne Sauvé House in Montreal covering a variety of topics, from the ongoing refugee crisis to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The series is also closely linked with Professor Samuel’s fourth-year seminar course on social connectedness at McGill University, the first of its kind. All events are moderated by Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development; President, The Samuel Family Foundation.
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION: BUILDING COMMUNITY FROM INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES
The report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued calls to action across multiple sectors. Join us for an inspiring conversation with Indigenous leaders who are driving efforts to build capacity within their communities, grounded in the strengths of their languages, cultures and knowledge.
Becky Cook, Misipawistik Cree Nation: Becky Cook is from Misipawistik Cree Nation and was raised on the lands and waters surrounding Misipawistik and Lake Winnipeg. In addition to working with Elders and knowledge holders in her home community to develop a land-based education program for youth, Becky also works with the Northern Manitoba Food Culture and Community Collaborative to help them better understand northern living and culturally appropriate ways of working. She holds a PhD in Marine Geophysics and Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Manitoba.
Gabrielle Hughes, DPhil candidate, University of Oxford: Gabrielle Hughes is a member of the Wampanoag Nation. She grew up in Newfoundland, where she had close ties with the Mi’kmaq Nation, for whom she is a traditional drum carrier. Gabrielle is currently completing her DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford on Indigenous video games as sites of resistance and as opportunities for the protection of traditional knowledge.
Abraham Jolly, Director General, Cree School Board, Mistissini, Quebec: Abraham Jolly is Director General of the Cree School Board in Mistissini, Quebec, which provides pre-school, elementary and secondary education to James Bay Cree youth and supports Cree adults in their pursuit of post-secondary education, continuing education and vocational training. As an independent First Nation school board recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, it also develops programs and pedagogical materials in Cree, French and English following Quebec Education Program guidelines.
Celine Thomas, Social Connectedness Fellow 2017; Policy Analyst and Researcher, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness: Celine Thomas is a recent graduate from McGill University with a degree in International Development. Over the course of her degree, Celine worked on several youth empowerment initiatives, working with organizations such as AIESEC, McGill Women in Leadership and the Canadian Red Cross. This past summer, she was a Social Connectedness Fellow focusing research on mental health policies and services at McGill. She also worked in the Cree Nation of Mistissini, helping to run a literacy camp for youth. Celine now works as a Policy Analyst and Researcher for the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness.
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RE-THINKING FOOD: RURAL AND URBAN, LOCAL AND GLOBAL
Join representatives from leading NGOs in exploring why food banks and food systems are failing to alleviate food insecurity and undernourishment around the world, and how food policy can be harnessed to build social connectedness. Guest speakers: Rachel Gray, Executive Director, The Stop Community Food Centre (Toronto); and Patrick Holden, Founding Director and Chief Executive, The Sustainable Food Trust (UK).
OVERCOMING POVERTY THROUGH COMMUNITY BUILDING
Join us for a discussion of the latest developments and challenges in the ongoing fight against global poverty, with perspectives from both global policy and grassroots experts. Guest speakers: Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford; and Marlene Ogawa, Program Manager, Synergos Institute in South Africa.
CAN SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS ACT AS PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE?
The world is ageing: By 2050, almost 17 percent of the global population will be aged 65 or older. Join us to learn how individuals, government and community organizations can work together to embrace ageing populations and identify innovative, intergenerational pathways to social connectedness. Guest speaker: Bethany Brown, Researcher, Older People’s Rights, Human Rights Watch.
HOW CAN COMMUNITIES ADVANCE CLIMATE ACTION IN THE TRUMP ERA?
Join us for a critical discussion on what the future holds for the global effort to combat climate change, arguably the greatest challenge facing humanity and source of increased social isolation. Guest speaker: Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS College and Yale School of Forestry; Principal Investigator, Environmental Performance Index.
HOLISTIC EDUCATION: LEARNING APPROACHES THAT BUILD SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS
Resolution of many of the world’s complex challenges will depend on a new generation of young leaders. What are we doing or can we do to nurture and support transitions of young people through education and into their professional lives to ensure we build a more just, sustainable and peaceful world? Guest speakers: Richard Dunne, Head Teacher, Ashley Primary School, Walton on the Thames (UK); and Ian Skelly, Writer for HRH The Prince and Wales and BBC Broadcaster.
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Achieving the Global Human Right of Accessibility: A Powerful Tool to Build Inclusivity for All
Join esteemed Harvard law school professors in exploring the visible and invisible barriers to accessibility that still persist for people with disabilities, in spite of legally-binding global and national conventions and policies; and in defining pathways to equality grounded in respect, recognition and reciprocity for all members of society. Guest speakers: William Alford, Chair, Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies; and Michael Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria Faculty of Law.
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