NAN to Launch Community Building Campaign with Interactive Display at Wake the Giant

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Bobby Narcisse will launch a community building campaign with a large-scale interactive display at the Wake the Giant Festival on Saturday.

“Racism is often caused by myths and misunderstanding and can’t be fixed by one person or organization. It takes a community. Racist beliefs and attitudes won’t be changed overnight, but we can start a truthful and respectful dialogue to discourage the false and derogatory statements being made about our people,” said Deputy Grand Chief Bobby Narcisse who holds the Education Portfolio. “This display will highlight many of the realities faced by First Nations Peoples without anyone feeling guilted, talked down to, victimized or attacked. Chi-miigwetch to the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and Wake the Giant organizers for welcoming us to participate in this great event.”

Developed by the NAN Education Department, the project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education as part of recommendations identified through the Seven Youth Inquest in 2016, to address racism experienced by students attending school in Thunder Bay.

The display will consist of 16 panels covering approximately 1,500 square feet. It covers Treaty relationships and aims to dispel myths in a way that participants can engage at their own pace. The panels will be on display at future community events.

The panels will be on display throughout the Wake the Giant Festival (12 p.m. to 11 p.m.). NAN staff will be available throughout the day to answer questions.

For more information please contact:
Michael Heintzman,
Director of Communications
Cell: (807) 621-2790