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Learn more about the journey of six Indigenous Nations at this free event tomorrow


How do Indigenous leaders balance community well-being and economic development?

A thought-provoking presentation happening this week at UVic Ideafest aims to explore just that, providing a rare opportunity to learn about the diverse and unique journeys of six Indigenous Nations.

The seminar takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Community leaders will share their personal experiences of balancing economic development and well‑being, through a consideration of culture, modern treaties, resources, governance, demographics and trauma.

Audience members are invited to join in on the dialogue at the free event that is open to the public.

The Moderators will be:

  • John Borrows (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, Faculty of Law)
  • Brent Mainprize (Gustavson School of Business)

The Panel will consist of:

  • Peter Lantin (past president Haida Nation and Department of Sociology, UVic)
  • Simoogit Galga (Arthur Mercer), Nisga’a Nation
  • Christina Clarke, CEO Songhees Development Corporation, Songhees Nation
  • Tricia Thomas, entrepreneur and Strategic Advisor for Economic Development, Halalt Nation
  • Tom Child, past Lands Manager, Kwakiutl Nation
  • Anna (Sam) Hudson, Executive Director, Akisqnuk Nation

This event is part of Ideafest at the University of Victoria – a week-long host of seminars discussing research, art and innovation. There are over 35 events set to capture your imagination.


WISE: Wellness & Indigenous Sustainable Economies

  • When: Tuesday, March 3rd from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: UVic First Peoples House located at the University of Victoria
  • Cost: Free


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