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Wednesday, May 29 • 08:15 - 09:45
CLOSING KEYNOTE: Bridges to Empathy (FRENCH TRANSLATION PROVIDED/TRADUCTION FRANÇAISE FOURNIE)

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In August 1986 a group of asylum seekers were found floating in life boats, adrift off the coast of Newfoundland. Two decades later, 492 refugees arrived in a cargo ship that docked in British Columbia. Comparing Canada’s very different reactions to these two maritime arrivals and reflecting on the capriciousness of the refugee system, Sharon Bala will explore the power of words and the role of stories as bridges that carry readers from ignorance to empathy.

Speakers
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Sharon Bala

Author
Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Last November she won the 2017 Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and had... Read More →

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Don Ference

President, Ference & Company
Ference & Company is one of Canada’s oldest and largest program evaluation consulting firms. Established in 1980, Ference & Company has conducted more than 400 program evaluations for federal and provincial governments and non-profit organizations across Canada. Our firm has specialized... Read More →


Wednesday May 29, 2019 08:15 - 09:45
K'jipuktuk A - Conference Level

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