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Women, leadership and power theme for week-long series

UNBC Associate Geography Professor Dr. Zoë Meletis
UNBC Associate Geography Professor Dr. Zoë Meletis

Women, leadership and power is the theme of the Inspiring Women Among Us 2018 Series organized by Drs. Annie Booth and Zoë Meletis at the University of Northern British Columbia.

The fourth annual week-long series of events and activities that celebrate the achievements of inspiring women from near and far, as well as acknowledge the persistent barriers and challenges that girls and women face in trying to succeed and build careers kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at UNBC’s Canfor Winter Garden.

“The women, leadership and power theme is one that could not be more timely with recent events, good and bad, in the United States and increased calls from marginalized groups that power sharing is long overdue,” said Dr. Meletis, an Associate Professor in UNBC’s Geography Program. “The public can attend all events and all genders are also welcome, including men so they can contribute and be exposed to new perspectives and insights.”

Following the opening ceremonies on Nov. 14, Black Lives Matter activist Marissa Johnson will provide the keynote talk, Thinking Outside the Box: A Revolution by Any Means Necessary at noon in the Canfor Winter Garden.

Other IWAU highlights over the two weeks include several healthcare-related talks, academic talks and panels, three films and the play 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, co-produced by Pocket Theatre, Cinema CNC and IWAU.

Free events and activities are at the Prince George Public Library, City Hall, Books & Company, the Omineca Centre for the Arts and more.

The entire event schedule can be found at:

The only pay-to-attend event in the schedule is a jazz concert with Andrea Superstein and band on Saturday Nov. 17 at Nancy O’s, a fundraiser for the IWAU award at UNBC. The award is a scholarship for women facing difficulties in completing a higher education degree. To date, $15,000 has been raised and 13 awards have been given out.

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A standout day in the schedule is Friday, Nov. 16, which is respectively referred to as “Super Indigenous Day.” Georgina Lloyd, a UNBC alumna, and a senior director at Consultation and Accommodation Unit of the Implementation Branch of Indigenous and Northern Affairs will deliver a Global Fridays talk on societal leadership and reconciliation at noon in Rm. 5-175.

At 3:30 p.m. in Rm. 8-164, IWAU co-hosts a panel called Indigenous Women as Key Leaders in Environmental Scholarship, Stewardship, and Activism, along with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute.

CBC journalist Angela Sterritt is the moderator while the panel includes Kanahaus Manuel (Secwépemc; of Indigenous Climate Action and Tiny House Warriors) and Melanie Goodchild (Anishnaabe; Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience.)

IWAU was launched in 2015 by UNBC faculty, staff and students who wanted to extend the discussions and remembrances associated with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women beyond one day.

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