2018 DOCTalks Festival & Symposium

Monday June 11th @ 7:30pm, Room 53 Amphitheatre UNB MacLaggan Hall - Documentary Film Screening & Talk

Wi’kupaltimk - Feast of Forgiveness
The documentary film celebrates the resilience of the Mi’kmaq people, the rich nutritional resources available to them prior to colonization, the medicines and wild food that are still available, and the sacredness of that food. watch trailer

Salina Kemp: Co-Director & Graduate Student, St. Mary’s University
Kent Martin: Co-Director & Filmmaker, Unceasing Play Productions
Pamela Glode-Desrochers: Co-Producer & Executive Director, Mi’Kmaw Native Friendship Centre
Dr. Trudy Sable: Co-Producer & Academic Researcher, Saint Mary’s University

Moderator: Nicole O'Byrne, Associate Professor in Law, University of New Brunswick

Note: This is a public event with a $5 cash admission fee charged at the door for non-registered attendees. A Meet & Greet Social will take place after at Alden Nowlen House (UNB Grad House) which the public is invited to.

Salina Kemp
Salina Kemp is an Urban Indigenous woman, a member of the Millbrook First Nation, and a graduate student at Saint Mary's University pursuing a Master of Art's in Atlantic Canada Studies. During her time at Saint Mary's University she was a student representative for the President's Task Force and currently sits on the Indigenous Student Advisory Committee. She has been a team member on several community driven research projects, and most recently, "Wi’kupaltimk: Feast of Forgiveness" a film exploring food security for urban Indigenous people living in Halifax. In addition to her experience within both the urban Indigenous community and the academic community she has been a treasurer for the Saint Mary's University Indigenous student society, a researcher for the National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education, a member of the All Nations Drummers women's drum group, and the secretary for the Army, Navy, Airforce Veterans Unit #373.

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Kent Martin
Kent Martin has worked on well over a hundred films and television series dealing with history, economics, the arts, the environment, spirituality, science and humour. In his career, spanning almost forty years he has produced, directed, edited, photographed and written. These films were for the most part produced by the National Film Board of Canada. They have played in festivals all over the world , been broadcast by the world's major television networks and screened in schools and other institutions. His productions have garnered twenty Canadian Screen Awards (Genie & Gemini) and nominations; including six nominations for the prestigious Donald Brittain Award for best Canadian social/political documentary. The feature documentary Westray was short listed for an Academy Award. In his career as a filmmaker Kent has collaborated with broadcasters, government agencies, the United Nations, academics, scientists, universities, museums, foundations, indigenous creators and community groups.

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Pam Glode-Desrochers
Pam Glode-Desrochers is the Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre (MNFC) in Halifax, N.S.. The MNFC was incorporated in 1975, and is one of 119 Friendship Centre’s across Canada. The MNFC serves over 4,000 Indigenous peoples in the Halifax Regional Municipality and offers a wide range of educational and cultural programs and support services, as well as provides  an important community for urban residing Indigenous peoples and their families.  For the past five years, Pam has also served as the community partner on three SSHRC funded Urban Aboriginal Research Network (UAKN), Atlantic Region projects, including co-producing the film, Wi’kupaltimk: Feast of Forgiveness.  Pam is currently spearheading the development of a major new centre for the MNFC in the HRM, which will include a much-needed Indigenous research centre for Atlantic Canada.


Trudy Sable
Trudy Sable, PhD. spent sixteen years as the Director of the Office of Aboriginal and Northern Research, and then Director, Indigenous Education, at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. From 2014-2016, she was a co-applicant and institutional Partner for two SSHRC funded Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network, Atlantic Region projects, with the film, "Wi’kupaltimk: Feast of Forgiveness” being one of them, which she co-produced with Pam-Glode Desrochers, the Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. Trudy currently has her own independent consulting business, TGS Research Management and Educational Consultants, is the Community Engaged Research Facilitator at SMU (Panawti’kek), Co-editor of the Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, and Adjunct Professor in Anthropology at SMU. She is co-author with Dr. Bernie Francis of the book, “Language of this Land, Mi’kma’ki” and has published and presented her work internationally.

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Nicole O'Byrne - Moderator
Nicole O'Byrne is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick. Nicole's research focuses on the history of Canadian federalism, public policy history and non-constitutionalized intergovernmental agreements, including the British North America Act 1930 (natural resources transfer agreements) and Medicare. She teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, Aboriginal Peoples & Law, and Aboriginal Self Government & Economic Development