The speakers for the 2019 Diversitas series are set and include the subjects of Indigenous Satire, the Yazidis, Sikhs, and the Transgender community.
Starting the year off on Jan. 23 at 7 pm at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre will be Editor-In-Grand-Chief of Walking Eagle News Tim Fontaine whol will be speaking about satire and humour as it relates to the Indigenous community. Fontaine’s wildly successful Walking Eagle News has more than 10,000 followers on Facebook after only one year since its inception.
Fontaine’s website declares “Tim Fontaine was a real journalist for almost two decades before becoming a pretend journalist and worked for APTN National News, iChannel, CPAC and CBC Indigenous. A member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, he grew up mainly on the Hollow Water First Nation and in Winnipeg. He currently lives in Winnipeg where he single-handedly invented and refined Indigenous journalism.”
Following Fontaine on April 10 Nafiya Naso will be speaking about the Yazidi community, their culture, history and recent persecution at the hands of ISIS.
Naso, founder of the Yazidi Community of Manitoba, came to Canada at the age of 10 after spending six years in a refugee camp with her family and now spends time assisting more recently arrived Yazidis.
In May Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will come to Diversitas to present on Sikhs and Sikhism in Canada.
With a growing community of hundreds in the Pembina Valley the Sikh community is becoming an integral part of the region making an educational session such as this make sense.
After a summer break Diversitas will be back on September 11 with a presentation on Being Transgender from Cynthia Fortlage is a board member of Women’s March Canada, former president and board member of Winnipeg’s Rainbow Resource Centre and brings wealth of experience. Fortlage is also VP of Information Technology for GHY International.
“It’s a truly great lineup for 2019,” said Diversitas founder Peter Cantelon. “It continues to push forward the goals of Diversitas to educate and inform people in the Pembina Valley in areas they might otherwise have no information on.”
Since it started in 2015 Diversitas has hosted 19 speakers on subjects ranging from Islam, Judaism, Antisemitism, Women & Feminism, Human Rights, Palestinians, Indigenous Peoples, and more.