(Fort McMurray, AB – March 13, 2017) - Drew Hayden Taylor, an indigenous story-teller, humourist and playwright is the keynote speaker at Keyano College’s 5th Annual Arts and Humanities Conference this weekend - Coming Through Fire: Rebuilding, Reconciling, Rethinking.
“We are so pleased that Drew Taylor agreed to come to our conference this year,” says Dr. Ryan Cox, organizer of the Keyano College conference. “It is a great honor to have him present and be with us for the event.”
Originally from the Curve Lake First Nations, in Central Ontario, Taylor has spent the last two decades travelling the world and writing about it from the Aboriginal perspective. He has travelled to seventeen countries around the world, “spreading the gospel of Native literature to the world.” He refers to himself as the Blue-Eyed Ojibway, and has written thirty books, multiple plays and television series, and in the last few years has served proudly as the Writer-In-Residence at five Universities in North America and Germany.
This Saturday Keyano College invites the public to attend The 5th Annual Arts and Humanities Conference free of charge. It begins at 9 am and goes throughout the day, wrapping up at 5 pm. The conference will feature speakers examining the effects the wildfire has had upon our community. Exploring survivorship, as well as broader conceptions like the legacy of the residential schools and reconciliation, illness and recovery and the experience and aftereffects of trauma will be presented during the day. For those that register, lunch will be provided.
“Mr. Taylor has a way of examining challenges and problems with a down-to-earth attitude and a bit of wit,” comments Tracy Edwards, President and CEO of Keyano College. “It will be a good day to be at Keyano.”
To register, go HERE.
For more information contact:
Arts and Humanities Conference Chair
780 791 4837