Assert, Defend, Take Space: Aboriginal Youth on Identity, Activism, and Film

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The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) invites you to attend  Assert, Defend, Take Space, a conference by Aboriginal youth on identity, activism, and film. The event takes place on October 18 to coincide with the exhibition entitled Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth, which looks at the diverse ways that young people are asserting their identity and affirming their relationship to both urban spaces and ancestral territories.

The daylong event will feature screenings of over a dozen short films followed by panel discussions with a number of artists and activists from across Canada, Norway, and the United States, many of whom are featured in the exhibit itself. Panelists will discuss themes of youth identity and politics, the objectification of Indigenous women, and environmentalism and youth activism.

Participants include Kelli Clifton, who is known for her design that branded the Idle No Moremovement; Cody Lecoy whose piece Lions Gate Bridge is featured in the Claiming Space exhibition; and Emilio Wawatie, an Anishnabe filmmaker from Kitigan Zibi, Quebec, who was the spokesperson at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2013. This assembly of young activists and artists will certainly make for an engaging and thought-provoking day.

The event is free with the purchase of admission. Admission is always free for Aboriginal people and UBC students. Register online.  Doors open at 9:30am with a coffee and tea reception in the MOA Lobby.

Share your experience by using #ClaimingSpace

Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Where: MOA – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver

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