Shawn A-in-chut Atleo: First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship

The Stratford Festival and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) are delighted to present Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, at the eleventh LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium. National Chief Atleo will explore Canadian citizenship, responsibility and belonging as they relate to Canadian identity and our continued efforts at nation building. Moderated by author and ICC co-founder John Ralston Saul, the lecture will also feature an audience question period.

National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

The ICC’s LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium is a signature event showcasing leading Canadian and international thinkers on the issues of citizenship, democracy, civic engagement and pluralism – the public good.

“This is a historic moment in the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians –  as important as the rethinking of the Francophone-Anglophone relationship that began in the 1960’s. Success or failure on Aboriginal questions will determine the direction of Canada. We are all Treaty people. Canadians need to hear what the National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, has to say about the future of citizenship in this country.” – John Ralston Saul

Book your tickets here before they are all gone. Admission is $20.

Check out the other events the August Forum Foray has to offer:

Barbara Budd with Stories of Significant Strangers . . . and Others
Festival Theatre Lobby, Wednesday, August 14, at 5:15 p.m.
Award-winning actor/broadcaster Barbara Budd spent two decades as co-host of As It Happens sharing stories with a worldwide audience on CBC radio and American public radio. Presenting two Canadian short stories that wittily capture this year’s theme of the Outsider and Community, she is joined by our fiddler, Anna Atkinson. $10.

How to Disappear Completely
Studio Theatre, Sunday, August 11, Thursday, August 15, and Saturday, August 17, at 2 p.m.
Itai Erdal’s award-winning solo work demonstrates his approach to theatrical lighting while also reflecting on the events that followed his mother asking him to take her life. Surprisingly funny, incredibly personal, this unique show continues to tour internationally. Produced by The Chop Theatre. Admission: $25.

The Foreign Exchange, with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Sunday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m.
Honorary “Foreign Ministers” are invited to illuminate and ignite candid conversations about race and culture. Admission: $10.

Follow us on Twitter at @stratfest and @ICCICC and join the conversation on August 10 using the hashtags #sfForum and #ICCAtleo.

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August at The Forum

We’re sharing The Forum with our whole Festival audience, even those who are unable to make the events! Check out our livestream channel and join the conversations as they happen. You’ll find us at new.livestream.com/stratfordfestival.

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The Forum is a new series that showcases some of the world’s greatest thinkers and entertainers in activities and events designed to make a visit to Stratford an immersive, all-encompassing cultural experience. These events are an exciting way to discover and examine the themes running through this season’s productions, and we don’t want you to miss out!

The month of August offers seven sessions for you to enjoy in the comfort of your living room, on your laptop or even on the bus using your mobile phone. If you’re not able to tune in for the real-time streaming, you can always catch the archived recording after the event.

This month’s livestream sessions include:

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo: First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship 
Avon Theatre, Saturday, August 10, at 10 a.m.
The 11th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture, delivered by the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Introduced by John Ralston Saul.

The Foreign Exchange, with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard 
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Sunday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Honorary “Foreign Ministers” are invited to illuminate and ignite candid conversations about race and culture.

Writing About the Right to Die 
Studio Theatre, Thursday, August 15, at 10:30 a.m.
With journalist, broadcaster and author Ian Brown (The Boy in the Moon), playwright and lighting designer Itai Erdal (How to Disappear Completely), author Zoe FitzGerald Carter (Imperfect Endings) and playwright Judith Thompson (The Thrill). Moderator: Alex Bulmer.

Stanley Wells: Sex and Love in Verona, Venice and Vienna 
Studio Theatre, Friday, August 16, at 5 p.m.
Stanley Wells is Honorary President, Life Trustee and former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, emeritus professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham and general editor of the Oxford and Penguin Shakespeares.

Stephen Lewis: Disability, Disillusion and Self-Discovery 
Avon Theatre, Saturday, August 17, at 10 a.m.
Leader of Ontario’s New Democratic Party in the 1970s, Stephen Lewis later became Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations and the UN’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. He is currently the Board Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Alex Bulmer: The Insight of Blindness 
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Saturday, August 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Canadian-born writer and theatre artist Alex Bulmer, now based in the U.K., shares her experience creating disabled-led art after losing her sight. Her work includes Breathe, a multidisciplinary performance piece that opened the sailing events at the London Olympics.

What’s Past Is Prologue: Classical Theatre in our Times 
Studio Theatre, Sunday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m.
With artistic directors Antoni Cimolino, Jackie Maxwell (Shaw Festival), Peter Hinton (recently of the National Arts Centre) and others. Chair: David Prosser.

Join the conversation online using hashtag #sfForum.

For a full listing of all of the Forum events you can get involved with this month, visit our website!
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