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2021 Events (in reverse chronological order)
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 (19:00 - 21:00 EDT)
Virtual Event on Zoom platform

Topic: "Working Together"
to mark the special occasion of the National Indigenous People's Day on June 21, 2021.

Speakers: Dr. Sarah Pashagumskum
with Dr. Stephen Inglis

Dr. Pashagumskum is the Director of Aanishaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, Oujebougoumou, Eeyou Istchee, Quebec, and Dr. Inglis is its former director.

About the Event: For this event, Dr. Inglis and Guest will describe some efforts by museum specialists and First Nations in Canada to collaborate on museums and cultural centres.  

About the Speakers: Dr. Stephen Inglis teaches curatorial studies and Asian Art at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is the former Director General of Research and Collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now History) and former Executive Director of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Eeyou Istchee (northern Quebec).

Dr. Sarah Pashagumskum is originally from the community of Chisasibi, in the northern part of the Cree territory, Eeyou Istchee. She is a strong contributor to the preservation of First Nations culture and history as well as to education. Dr. Pashagumskum is Director of Annishaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute and currently the Chair of the Cree School Board.

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Sunday, May 26th, 2021 (19:00 - 21:00 EDT)
Virtual Event on Zoom platform

Video Recording Timeline    
12:30 Intro to Topic and 1st Speaker (Roohi Ahmed and Prakash Diar)    
21:15 1st Speaker: Ms. Mala Khanna
36:17 Intro to 2nd Speaker (Prakash Diar)

43:40 2nd Speaker: Mr. Richard Sharpe
1:04:56  Beginning of the Q & A

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 (11:00 AM - 13:00 PM)
Virtual Event on Zoom platform

Video Recording Timeline    
27:08 1st Speaker Introduction  
30:25 1st Speaker: H. E. Ajay Bisaria
56:18 2nd Speaker Introduction
59:16 2nd Speaker: Mr. Robin Higham
1:18:35  Beginning of the Q & A

Panel Presentation on Innovative Ways of Looking at Diversity and Inclusion in Canada, India, and Globally
Panelists and Presentation Topics:
"India@75: An Aspiration for Inclusive Development"
by H.E. Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Canada
"Who Do We Think We Are?" by Mr. Robin Higham, Author and former Canadian Ambassador

Event Poster

Synopsis: The High Commissioner’s presentation will focus on the centrality of the democratic process in evaluating India’s constitutional and developmental policies which treat inclusion as a core principle. H.E. Bisaria will also touch on global inclusivity in the access to vaccines in today’s pandemic. In Canada, multiculturalism, immigration, integration and assimilation have defined the governance of communities of diversity. Mr. Higham will draw on his long international career as a Canadian diplomat to share his experience and insights about who we might be and expose the range of perspectives and attitudes which are at play in so many other countries struggling with new “diversity challenges”.

About the Speakers:

Ajay Bisaria has been the High Commissioner of India to Canada since March 2020. He is a career diplomat who has earlier served as High Commissioner of India to Pakistan and as Ambassador to Poland and Lithuania. He has represented India at the World Bank in Washington DC, and in Embassies in Berlin and Moscow. He has served in various capacities in India in the Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Commerce and the Prime Minister’s Office. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, an MBA from IIM Kolkata and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Princeton University.

Robin Higham, has had a 35-year career in Canada’s foreign service. Assignments abroad included Ghana, United Kingdom, United States and Thailand, Rome, Brussels and Rabat, Morocco. 1995 he returned to Ottawa as Director General of the Department’s International Cultural and Academic Relations Bureau. In 1999, Robin retired from DFAIT (now Global Affairs Canada) to join the University of Ottawa as Senior Fellow, focusing his research interests on international public diplomacy, cultural pluralism and the governance of culturally diverse societies. At the University of Ottawa until 2016, Mr Higham completed a series of initiatives on international public diplomacy and identity, in communities of diversity. Motivated by a perceived need for more innovative approaches to democratic governance in societies characterized by their diversity, he authored two books examining the opportunities and challenges inherent in Canada’s model of multiculturalism and newcomer integration: Who do we think we are? and What Would You Say?

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