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Welcome to the NMUN•Canada 2017 Conference

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The conference program is available below.

Cultural Tour and Site Visit Schedule

NMUN•Canada Conference Program 2017

Keynote Speakers

Hon. Douglas Roche
Hon. Douglas Roche
Former Canadian Parliamentarian and Diplomat Opening Ceremony Speaker
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Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., is an author, parliamentarian and diplomat, who has specialized throughout his 40-year public career in peace and human security issues.  He lectures widely on peace and nuclear disarmament themes.

Mr. Roche was a Senator, Member of Parliament, Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta.  He was elected Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee at the 43rd General Assembly in 1988.

Mr. Roche was the founding Chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative, an international network of eight non-governmental organizations working for the elimination of nuclear weapons. In 2010, the City of Hiroshima named him an Honourary Citizen for his nuclear disarmament work and particularly for founding the Middle Powers Initiative.  He was awarded the Calgary Peace Prize in 2017.

The author of 22 books, his latest is Hope Not Fear: Building Peace in a Fractured World.

His Memoirs, Creative Dissent: A Politician’s Struggle for Peace, was published in 2008.

Mr. Roche holds nine honourary doctorates from Canadian and American universities and has received numerous awards for his work for peace and non-violence, including the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation for World Peace Award (Canada) and the United Nations Association’s Medal of Honour.  In 1995, Pope John Paul II presented him with the Papal Medal for his service as Special Adviser on disarmament and security matters, and in 1998 the Holy See named him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.  He received the 2003 Peace Award of the Canadian Islamic Congress and the 2005 Luminosa Award for Unity from the Focolare Movement, North America.  In 2005, he was given Lifetime Achievement awards from both the Canadian Pugwash Group and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

 In 2009, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians for his “promotion of human welfare, human rights and parliamentary democracy in Canada and abroad.”  He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.  In 2011, the International Peace Bureau nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Website: www.douglasroche.ca

Paul Lacerte
Paul Lacerte
Executive Director, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres Closing Ceremony Speaker
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Paul Lacerte is a member of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in northern British Columbia. He served as the Executive Director for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres for the past 20 years. In 2011 Paul and his daughter Raven co-founded the Moosehide Campaign, a grass roots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men working to end violence against women and children. He is the former Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Foundation Board of Directors and the Board Co-Chair for Reconciliation Canada. In his spare time, he is a professional clown and his home is known as the House of Happiness. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014. 

Other Speakers

Dr. Dwayne Donald
Dr. Dwayne Donald
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
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Dr. Dwayne Donald is a descendant of the amiskwaciwiyiniwak and the Papaschase Cree and is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. His work focuses on ways in which Indigenous philosophies can expand and enhance our understandings of curriculum and pedagogy.
Stephanie Harpe
Stephanie Harpe
Musician, Actor, Advocate, and Public Figure
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Stephanie was discovered at 18 by Canadian Icon Jeff Healey, during their friendship she was taught about the music industry and inspired by his music. Also encouraged by her supportive family she started a band in 2005 (Stephanie Harpe Band). Since then some of the players have changed and the name to Stephanie Harpe Experience (S.H.E), since 2005 S.H.E has been an opening act for Trooper, Prairie Oyster, Charlie Major x2, Crystal Shawanda, Digging Roots, Savoy Brown, Tom Cochrane & Red Ryder, Bare Naked Ladies, Sonny Rhodes x3, Blue Rodeo, CCR Revisited, Colin James, Dwight Yoakum, Tanya Tucker, Streetheart, Kim Mitchell, The Stampeders, The Wild, David Wilcox and Buckcherry. She has also shared the stage with three time Grammy award winner Bill Miller. Played the Indspire Awards on global TV, winner of the Esquao Award for the arts 2017 and was asked to write a song for The World Indigenous Games 2017, to perform as well as show manager for the event that hosted 15 countries.  

In 2008 Stephanie recorded her first CD with the help of three time Juno award winner Bill Bourne and her first single went to number one on the Top 30 National countdown on NCI fm. She was also a part of a CD compilation COLORS OF MY LIFE dedicated to missing and murdered aboriginal woman that gained attention across Canada and the NAMMYS in NYC. It was a subject that was deeply connected to her because of the murder of her mother Ruby Anne McDonald in 1999.  She started speaking on a national level such as Red x talks, The National and CBC. 

Stephanie Harpe Experience’s newest CD was recorded at Homestead Recorders with producer Barry Allen who has produced and recorded KD Lang, Wide Mouth Mason, Corb Lund. S.H.E is high energy 5 piece rock band who was nominated at the Edmonton Music awards. 

She started her career as a background acting in season one of Blackstone the TV series which lead to getting a character Rita (band councilor) in season 3. Her first lead role was in A Ravens Song with the character of Dakota (gang leader) and she plays Jane (struggling addict) in world production Land, a movie filmed in Mexico with living legend Mark Mahoney!

Stephanie’s casting career also started on BLACKSTONE, she was helping the casting director in season 2 casts for background actors and had such a knack for it that her husband started a casting company with her being the agent. Shapeshifters Talent has cast for Blackstone seasons 2,3,4,5, Hell on Wheels, Fort Edmonton Park films, Necessary Evil, Little Deputy, Speedy Auto Glass Commercial, Northlands Commercial, War reporter, Stollery Hospital Commercial, Zippo Lighter Commercial, Cutbank, and Georgina Lighting’s new film  Fantasies of Flying. They also cast Jordyn White who won best actress in Alberta at the AMPIA’s!

Danika Littlechild
Danika Littlechild
Cree Lawyer, Specializing in Indigenous, Environmental, and International Law
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Danika Billie Rose Littlechild is a Cree lawyer from Ermineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis Alberta, Treaty No. 6 territory. Born and raised in Maskwacis, Danika works with Indigenous Peoples in Treaties 6, 7 & 8 (Alberta), in Canada and internationally. Danika’s law practice focuses on Indigenous law, environmental law and international law.  A member of Indigenous Climate Action, Danika also serves as a Director of MiningWatch Canada and is on the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Advisory Committee on Climate Action and the Environment. Danika is currently consulting legal counsel with the International Indian Treaty Council (www.treatycouncil.org), through which she has extensively engaged in various United Nations mechanisms, treaty bodies and special procedures -  including in particular multilateral environmental agreements and human rights conventions. Danika is the Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Danika was the recipient in 2015 of the Esquao Award (honouring Indigenous Women in Alberta) and was also a recipient of the Alberta Aboriginal Role Models Award for Justice in the same year. She is passionate about the rights of Indigenous Peoples (in particular children, women and Elders) and the environment, especially water. 
Dr. Jim Miller
Dr. Jim Miller
Professor Emeritus of History, University of Saskatchewan
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Jim Miller received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (History) from the University of Toronto.  Formerly the Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations, he is now Professor Emeritus of History, University of Saskatchewan. A specialist in historical and contemporary issues related to Aboriginal peoples, his research and publications have focused on policy issues. The major works include a survey history of Native-newcomer history, Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens; a history of residential schooling, Shingwauk’s Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools; and a history of treaty-making, Compact, Contract, Covenant: A History of Aboriginal Treaty-Making. His book on reconciliation, Residential Schools and Reconciliation, was published by the University of Toronto Press on October 3.

His scholarly work has received numerous awards: Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (1998), the Gold Medal for Achievement in Research of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2010), Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2013), the Killam Prize for the Humanities awarded by The Canada Council (2014), and selection as an Officer of the Order of Canada (2014).

Faculty Seminar Topic and Speakers

TORÉ: Identity, memory and religion of the Xukuru-Kariri people of Brazil

The research describes the Toré dance practiced by the Xukuru-Kariri, an indigenous group that inhabits the municipality of Palmeira dos Índios, Alagoas - Brazil, addressing this activity as a diacritical signal that distinguishes the ethnic identity of those individuals. This study was preceded by a field survey where we observed performances of the Toré dance, identifying the categories that integrate the symbolic system elaborated by the Xukuru-Kariri in an attempt to better understand how such practice is integrated into its social structure. Our presentation will discuss some elements of the process in which indigenous peoples of Brazil build their identity and social organization from the Toré, differentiating it as a public (festive) and private (sacred) activity that triggers a series of inter-ethnic relations marked by conflict and bargaining for recognition. Thus, Toré reveals itself as a performance of political, ritualistic, and playful nature.

Paula Guerra
Paula Guerra
Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, and Researcher at the Institute of Sociology
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Paula Guerra has a PhD in Sociology from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (FLUP). She is Professor on the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, and Researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the same University (IS-UP), where currently she coordinates the subgroup Artistic Creation, cultural practices and policies. She is also part of other national and international research Institutes: Associate Researcher at the Centre of Studies on Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT); Adjunct Associate Professor of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GSCR). She co-authored the edited book DIY cultures and underground music scenes (Oxford: Routledge, 2017), and has recently published the following books: Redefining art worlds in the late modernity (University of Porto, 2016), More than loud (Porto: Afrontamento, 2015), On the road to the American underground (University of Porto, 2015), As Palavras do Punk [The words of punk] (Lisbon: Alêtheia, 2015), More than loud (Porto: Afrontamento, 2013), A instável leveza do rock [The unstable lightness of rock] (Porto: Afrontamento, 2013). She is also author of numerous articles published in national and international journals of reference: Journal of Sociology; Popular Music and Society; European Journal of Cultural Studies; Critical Arts; Portuguese Journal of Social Sciences.
Danielle Lisboa
Danielle Lisboa
Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University of Edmonton
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Brazilian-born Danielle Lisboa leads an active career as an orchestral conductor and scholar. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University of Edmonton in the areas of music theory, conducting, and chamber music.

Dr. Lisboa holds a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music University of Rochester, a master degree in conducting from the University of Houston, and a bachelor degree in conducting from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her research portfolio includes ethnomusicological studies on the indigenous music of Brazil, performance practice of the Nineteenth-Century symphonic repertoire, and female leadership.  Recent speaking engagements include lectures on topics of music appreciation and gender issues on the orchestral field at the Women and Leadership conference at the University of Porto, Portugal. At the Model UN conference, Dr. Lisboa will present the findings of her ethnomusicological research and analysis of Toré chants as practiced by the Xucuru-Kariri of Palmeira dos Índios, Brazil.

José Adelson Lopes Peixoto
José Adelson Lopes Peixoto
Program Coordinator at the Cristo Redentor Educational Center and Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History at the State University of Alagoas in Brazil
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Adelson Peixoto has a doctorate in Religious Sciences from the Catholic University of Pernambuco, a Master in Anthropology from the Federal University of Paraíba, and a Master in Education Science from the International University of Lisbon-University of Pernambuco in curricular design for the teaching of History. He currently serves as program coordinator at the Cristo Redentor Educational Center and Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History at the State University of Alagoas in Brazil. He is a member of the Indigenous History Research Group of Alagoas (GPHI-AL) and has experience in the area of designing the curriculum for the teaching of History, with an emphasis on indigenous history, working mainly in the following subjects: indigenous peoples, history, identity, image and memory. Prof. Lopes Peixoto has an extensive research portfolio with writings featured in various scientific articles published in specialized journals.

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