6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba is pleased to present All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward with Speaker Tanya Talaga, and Emcee Sheila North


Our bi-annual Local to Global fundraiser had to be postponed due to the pandemic. However, that has not stopped us from planning an excellent evening with our guest speaker Tanya Talaga. Although it may be virtual and things may be different, this is promised to be an event to remember.

Tanya Talaga is the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. She is also the author of the national best seller All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, a compilation of her CBC Massey Lectures. For more than 20 years Tanya has been a journalist at the Toronto Star.

Sheila North as the emcee is well known in Manitoba, and indeed across Canada. She is known as a “bridge builder”, is a member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation and was elected as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) in September 2015. Previous to this, she enjoyed a career as the Chief Communication Officer at Assembly for Manitoba Chiefs, a CBC journalist and CTV correspondent, an economic development officer, a radio personality and a Cree translator. Sheila holds a diploma in Business Accounting and Rural Development with a focus on community development, a certificate in radio and television broadcasting and a diploma in Creative Communications. Sheila is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships with Legacy Bowes.

Dawn Marie Chartrand will be our special entertainment!

Dawn Marie Chartrand

Dawn is an Indigenous singer/songwriter from Rolling River First Nation. Dawn is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is the lead singer of a local rock/blues band, “Shades of Dawn”, which also features her husband Jevon Chartrand as lead guitarist. Dawn and Jevon have 4 (mostly grown) children and 5 grandchildren. Dawn has been singing and playing guitar since childhood, and considers her musical influences to include the diverse rock and blues styles of music icons Etta James, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Johnny Cash and Tina Turner. To date, Dawn has performed with her band in various communities across Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Dawn considers herself to be a keen supporter of women in music, and hopes that one day women will be equally represented in the Indigenous music scene.

This is a donation-based virtual event. All money raised will go to the following important organizations and causes:

1. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata: Future is Yours

2. Artbeat Studio Inc.: Healing and Empowerment through Creative Endeavour

3. University of Winnipeg: Global Citizenship Scholarships.

Donation of any size! from $1.00 to $100! Use Eventbrite to make donation and to access the webinar (via Zoom): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-to-global-webinar-with-tanya-talaga-tickets-117469168445

Interested in making a donation of over $100 to support the event, and in particular the work of the 3 organizations mentioned above (Ma Mawi, Artbeat Studio, and Global Citizenship Scholarships) and be credited during the webinar? We’d love to have your support – and recognize you in the credits – check out: https://iiwrmb.ca/donate/

Why not read Tanya Talaga’s book before the event – The Winnipeg Free Press has it for it’s Book Club in September – find our more here: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/book-club/

Download poster to print here.