North Nova Education Centre will be hosting the third annual Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s Elders Conference on Social Justice.
The event will be held on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. in NNEC Presentation Centre. This year’s theme is We Are The Village.
As part of this year’s conference, NNEC is going to once again feature the school’s annual Ma’wiomi (pow wow) in celebration of Mi’kmaq heritage and culture.
The Conference is one strategy to address social justice issues through education of youth and adults alike, a key component of the Board’s Strategic Plan.
The Elders Conference on Social Justice brings together student and staff delegations from all CCRSB high schools to a seminar to address issues of social justice and to allow each school’s delegates to plan for ways they can work to further the goals of social justice in their own school communities.
The keynote speaker for this year’s Elders Conference is Shelley Young. Young is a First Nations activist who played a huge role in last year’s Idle No More movement. Organizers say her presence and her address at the Elders Conference will fit perfectly with this year’s theme, We Are the Village. Delegates to the conference will explore ways in which they and their peers can actively build more positive, inclusive school and greater communities.
Young’s address will be made to the delegates at 10:45 a.m. in the school’s Presentation Centre. The Ma’wiomi takes place at 1:20 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium, and will be attended by the conference delegates along with the entire school community.