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February 2020 CACOR Presentation

February 19 @ 11:30 - 14:00

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CACOR cordially invites you to the February 2020 CACOR Presentation

Date: Wednesday February 19th 2020

Time: 12:00 noon

Place: Army Officers’ Mess, 149 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

Title: Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change and Environment

Presenter: Romola Vasantha Thumbadoo 


Cost:  $25 general admission; $20 for members, their spouses and student guests. The downstairs ante-room and dining area will be open at 11:30am for those who wish to meet and greet friends and colleagues prior to the session.

Please confirm attendance by e-mail to ggrefinnes@rogers.com on or before Monday February 16th. Please remember that CACOR is responsible for payment of guests who have registered. If you register and need to change your commitment, please inform us as well before Sunday February 16th. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. We unfortunately will follow up with an invoice for those who were not able to honour their commitment.

In order to accommodate all members, associates and guests please indicate your presence to this event as soon as possible. Please indicate as well your dietary needs: vegetarian, vegan or other.

About the presenter:

 Romola Thumbadoo (aka Trebilcock) is Coordinator of the Circle of All Nations founded by late Indigenous Elder William Commanda (1913-2011, Officer of the Order of Canada, carrier of Sacred Wampum Belts, holder of two honorary doctorate degrees, canoe maker), and Research Associate and Personal Assistant to the Director at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), Carleton University. She serves as Director of the Wolf Project, which is dedicated to honouring efforts to promote racial harmony.

Romola is of East Indian ancestry, was born in South Africa, and has resided in Canada since 1970, earning degrees in English Literature at McMaster University (BA Hons and MA).  In 2018, she completed her PhD in Geography at Carleton University, under the supervision of Dr. D. R. Fraser Taylor, Director, GCRC. Her thesis is entitled Ginawaydaganuc and the Circle of All Nations: The Remarkable Environmental Legacy of Elder William Commanda (Thumbadoo, 2018 https://curve.carleton.ca/aa4e3cbb-5b83-464d-8286-a901fcd77b06)

For the over twenty years, she worked extensively across Canada for the federal government, chiefly within the criminal justice system (federal corrections, Aboriginal corrections policing, justice and restorative justice). From 1997, she supported the efforts of Elder William Commanda pro bono, to advance Indigenous priorities, social justice, peace building and respect for Mother Earth.

The Circle of All Nations is a global eco-community linked by Elder Commanda’s unshakeable conviction that in a very fundamental way, as children of Mother Earth, we all belong together, irrespective of colour, creed or culture, and that together, we must affirm our respect for this penultimate mother. Thus, social justice, peace building and environmental stewardship are integrated in the work. Romola is the author of two books on the work of the William Commanda; she has published a photo journal on her kayaking explorations of Bitobi Lake, Quebec, viewed in part through the lens of Indigenous wisdom; and she animates Circle of All Nations work via social media, select events, outreach, advocacy and education.

She is presently also engaged postdoctoral studies and is developing a cybercartographic atlas on William Commanda’s history and Circle of All Nations work at the GCRC, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

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February 19
11:30 - 14:00
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Army Officer’s Mess
149 Somerset Street West
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