IMAGINATE informs, entertains and motivates, stimulating positive thought and action around challenges we face as a society.
Victoria Hall – 55 King Street West, Cobourg

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One-Day Conference Program
Green Wood Coalition is pleased to present IMAGINATE 2018 – a one-day conference and evening of
performance and talks exploring some of the most pressing social issues of our time. The daytime
conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and include a selection of workshops and panel
discussions, morning refreshments and a catered lunch.
Upon purchase of your ticket, you will be prompted to choose workshop preferences.

Friday Morning, March 23
8:30 a.m. Check in/Registration, Victoria Hall

9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker Jesse Thistle
Cree-Metis on his mother’s side and Algonquin-Scot on his father’s side, Jesse is a Ph.D. candidate in
History, a Trudeau and Vanier Scholar, and a Governor General Medalist. For the past 2 years as the
Resident Scholar on Indigenous Homelessness for the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, he wrote
the Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada. His lived-experience with addiction and
homelessness has shaped the way he approaches homeless policy, Indigenous history, social work, and
addiction studies.

10:00 a.m. Break with Refreshments

10:30 a.m. Morning Workshops

A. Murphy’s Law Film Screening – Megan Murphy, Filmmaker
Award-winning documentary chronicles the filmmaker’s story of self-discovery and healing as
she retraces her late father’s journey through Ireland. Audience Q & A will follow.

B. Engaging the Other– Christian Harvey, Director of Warming Room, Peterborough
Interactive workshop that explores meaningful engagement and interconnectedness of those
who “help” with those who are “marginalized”. (Limited to first 30 participants)

Noon Lunch Break

Friday Afternoon:
1:00 p.m. Birds of Chicago
JT Nero and Allison Russell will fire up the afternoon with a socially-conscious sound that’s been
described as a mix of folk, mountain gospel, soul and rock, a “near perfect Americana.”

1:45 p.m. Afternoon Workshops

A. The Authentic Voice – Moderated by Dr. Cyndi Gilmer, Trent School of Nursing

This “lived experience” panel of individuals who have overcome homelessness, hunger, or addiction
and now use those experiences to build better social responses, and help others to find healing.

B. Extending the Table – Moderated by Nicole Beatty, Community Builder
Canada is one of the world’s leading exporters of food—why then do we have hungry people in this
country? This panel of big thinkers, hosted by Local Food for Local Good, and Cultivate Festival, will
explore the possibilities for growing and sharing food in ways that are accessible, affordable and
healthy for everyone.

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. – Truth and Re-Imagination
A conversation between Ojibway playwright and author Drew Hayden Taylor; Mississauga artist and
biologist Rick Beaver; Alderville First Nation Councillor Julie Bothwell; and Metis artist Mique Michelle,
centred on visioning a way forward through story, art and Indigenous ways of knowing.

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Evening of Possibility
7:00-9:00 p.m., Victoria Hall
We present this inspiring lineup of musicians, poets, filmmakers and storytellers, each of whom is
committed to creating a better way for our community:

David Newland: Host, Musician, Adventurer

Drew Hayden Taylor: Author, Playwright

Birds of Chicago: Americana Musicians

Mique Michelle: Graffiti Artist

Arlene Howells: Change Communicator

Jesse Thistle: Scholar and Survivor

Christian Harvey: Social Justice Leader

Megan Murphy: Filmmaker, Broadcaster

Ted Staunton: Children’s Author

Reception by Cultivate Festival of Food & Drink