Intensive Roundtables and Panel Discussions

Day 1 Schedule: Friday July 6th, 2018

7:45 – 8:45am Registration
8:45 – 9:00am Welcome and Introduction
9:00 – 10:00am PANEL #1
Sam Hiyate from The Rights Factory
10:00 – 10:15am Break
10:15 – 12:30 ROUNDTABLE No.1
One agent/editor or publisher will lead a table at these sessions. Each writer presents 500 words and receives critiques from the leaders and their peers. (timer and staff at each table. Presenters must provide copies of their work for every person at the table.) Approximate time per person will be approximately 10-15 minutes per person. Last fifteen minutes will either be a wrap-up by the leaders or they answer questions.

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12:30 – 1:45pm Lunch

Keynote Speaker The Book Doctors!!!

2:45 – 4:45pm ROUNDTABLE #2

3:00 – 6:00pm “Wilkommen, Bien Venue –Welcome!
Official registration for conference

NB: Those who attended the roundtables are already registered and do not have to re-register.

6:00pm Please Join Us For Opening Ceremonies!

It has been this conference’s tradition to always open with “Welcoming the Drum”, a beautiful tradition of the First Nation people. People have asked us why. Simple answer – not only are they the first nation of this land, they are magnificent story tellers. Robin Antone from the Little Creek Singers had this to say: “Been my understanding that the drum is the heart beat of our mother earth. It was the first sound we heard in our mother’s womb. The beating of our mothers heart sent us vibrations of love. That’s why we love the sound…the vibration the drum sends out. That’s why we dance…to send out the vibration of love to the ones who are sick..and to the ones who can not dance. I believe that the drum can heal us. Help us become better people, better friends, better husbands, better boyfriends to our female counter parts. the drum can heal our past and it can save our lives. the drum can help us stay sober. It can also lead us back to our true self. Our language, our ceremonies. The drum can heal a family. repair old resentments, and bring a family closer together. The drum can remind us to treat each other with respect…the drum only knows one thing…and that’s love. The drum can take you to places you’ve never dreamed of going. It can feed our families. Provide a way home. so many things the drum gives us…so long as we care for it…this I am reminded…to feed it. keep it safe from harm…it is always accepting..it is always welcoming those who stray from the good path….all this..and so much more…”

6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner:Keynote Speaker Charlie Angus, former NDP leader

Charlie Angus is a Canadian author, journalist, broadcaster, musician, and is the NDP critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs (Youth)[2], and ran as a candidate for leadership of the federal NDP in 2017.

He is the author of seven published books, including an admiring biography of Les Costello, the celebrated Toronto Maple Leafs player who left professional hockey to become a Catholic priest in Timmins. Angus’s fifth book, Cage Call, a photo documentary with photographer Louie Palu, was released in 2007 as part of an award from Portland-based PhotoLucida. His sixth book Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War was short-listed for the Speakers Book Award, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, 2013, and was the runner-up for the Best Regional Non-Fiction (Canada-East), Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2013.

His latest book, Children of the Broken Treaty exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country’s history. The movement was inspired by Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree woman whom George Stroumboulopoulos named as one of “five teenage girls who kicked ass in history.”

7:00 – 8:30pm “Cultural Appropriation Debate”
Join our panel of professionals in a debate about this hot and timely topic. Our moderator is the fabulous Kimberly Batchelor Davis. Some of our panelists will include authors Claudia Whitsitt, Rick Sykes and Heather Majaury.

8:30 – 11:00pm Casual Greet and Meet and AUTHORS BOOK SIGNINGS!!!!!!
Come schmooze and mingle with fellow attendees and always a favourite pastime SHOPPING for BOOKS! Authors will be on hand to autograph.

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