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February 3rd, 2015
                      Lecture and Public Discussion

   Dalhousie's Aboriginal Health Interest Group invites you to attend a
lecture followed by a public discussion: Discrimination - Government
funding policies and implications for the health of First Nations
children; Cindy Blackstock & Philippa Pictou w/ Trina Roache (moderator,
CBC & APTN).

                   Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

              Scotia Bank Auditorium, Marion McCain Building
         Dalhousie University, 6135 University Avenue, Halifax NS

   Reception to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Loaded Ladle in Dalhousie's
Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue, Halifax NS.  All are
welcome.  Come early, seating is limited.  No reservations.

   Jurisdictional disputes between the federal government and provincial
governments over health services for First Nations children have resulted
in many negative outcomes to these same children.  This evening's
lecturers will discuss the 2007 adoption of Jordan's Principle by the
federal government and its positive implication for Pictou Landing First
Nation.  Under this child-first principle, the government of first contact
is required to pay for the services needed by a First Nations child and
seek reimbursement later to ensure that the child doesn't get caught in
the middle of government red tape.

   Jordan's Principle was passed in the House of Commons in 2007, based on
the story of Jordan River Anderson, a child from Norway House First Nation
born with a rare neuromuscular disorder.  A dispute between the Federal
Government and the Province of Manitoba over who should pay for his care
left Jordan stranded unnecessarily in a Winnipeg hospital where he died
two years later.

   Jeremy Meawasige from Pictou Landing First Nation was born with multiple
complex disabilities and medical conditions, and also found himself the
victim of a similar jurisdictional dispute that prevented him from receiving
the same care on-reserve (as paid by the Federal Government) that he would be
provided with by the Province of Nova Scotia if he lived off-reserve.
Jordan's Principle had never been implemented in Canada until the historic
ruling by the Supreme Court in 2012 after Philippa Pictou (Pictou Landing) and
Jeremy's mother brought the issue to court, which resulted in reimbursement
for all costs associated with caring for Jeremy while off-reserve.

   The court victory has widespread implications for similar cases and also
has the potential to open up cases in other social services where First
Nations people tend to fall through jurisdictional cracks.  Cindy Blackstock
is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
of Canada (Caring Society), who filed a human rights complaint against the
Federal government in 2007 (with the Assembly of First Nations), alleging that
Canada's failure to provide equitable and culturally based child welfare
services to First Nations children and its failure to properly implement
Jordan's Principle on-reserve amounts to discrimination on the basis of
race and ethnic origin.

   The Final Ruling can be expected by April 2015. The underfunding of health
and child welfare services are just examples of the ways that First Nations
children are denied fair and equitable access to government services such as
education, safe housing, and clean water - services that are necessary to
enjoy their fundamental human rights.  Learn more about this historic case at
www.fnwitness.ca.  Facebook event page: HERE!

   If you have any further questions about this event, contact Amy Bombay at
Amy.Bombay@dal.ca or ph: 902-494-2225.
February 8th & 9th, 2015
               Bedford Players Audition Notice: The Love List

        Audition Notice: The Love List, directed by Clair Henderson

   Auditions for The Love List by Norm Foster will take place Sunday, the  
8th, and Monday, the 9th, of February, starting at 6:30 p.m. through to
8:30 p.m.  The auditions will be a relaxed cold read. 

   The Love List is a play about friendship and love with an undertone
about 'careful what you wish for in life'.  With only a cast of three, the
intimacies of the friendships are clear and heartwarming.  There is Bill,
a 50-something statistician, a bit staid and set in his ways and very fed
up with being single; then there is Leon, a novelist, flamboyant and fun
loving and long time friend of Bill.  Then there is Justine...
March 12th, 2015
                         Bedford Players Presents...

                 The Fork On The Left, by Karen Waterfield

   Bedford Players is excited to announce their first winter production, which
is also the premiere of The Fork On The Left, written and directed by local
playwright Karen Waterfield, which opens March 12th and runs 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until March 28th with 2:00 p.m. matinees on
March 15th and 22nd.  $1 per ticket sold will be donated to the Wee Care
Developmental Centre, an exceptional program of specialized services for all
children, focusing on children with special needs. 

   Reservations commence February 12th and tickets may be purchased at
TicketPro by phone: 1-888-311-9090 or online: www.ticketpro.ca.
New Ticket Prices: Thursdays - Adults $15; Students/Seniors60+ $12
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays - Adults $17; Students/Seniors60+ $14

   Play Summary: "Everyday, at Newcombe's Pub, nestled on the shores of
the Northumberland Strait, is pretty much the same as the day before; and
the regulars like it that way.  Certainly it is a comfort to Matthew;
until Elizabeth arrives in the neighbourhood, that is, and decides to try
out the local establishment.

   Elizabeth has an unsettling impact on the Nova Scotia man, but then so
does his ex, Sylvie.  The Pub staff are no help at all, and it seems the
resident gambler, Samuel, has also caught the attention of the newcomer.
It's not surprising that Matthew doesn't know which way to turn as
Elizabeth's year-long visit unfolds."

 


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