Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde to speak at University of Regina

Media Advisory Release Date: May 25, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, will give a keynote address on May 26 as Canada’s largest gathering of the country’s brightest researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers gets under way at University of Regina May 26-June 1.

Saturday’s highlights include:

●    Keynote by Perry Bellegarde: The National Chief of the AFN, Perry Bellegarde was the first Treaty Indian to graduate from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Administration. He is a strong advocate for the implementation of inherent Aboriginal and Treaty Rights and has made presentations at national and international levels, including the United Nations.

May 26, Education Auditorium, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

●    On the front lines: Indigenous women and climate change: Indigenous communities are on the front lines of fighting resource extraction and climate change, but they are also on the keynote front lines of solutions. Melina Laboucan-Massimo is an expert in renewable energy solutions in Indigenous communities, will deliver the first lecture in the all-female line-up of Big Thinking lecture series this week.

May 26, Riddell Centre-University Theatre, room 170, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

●    Bringing back the buffalo: This project focuses on the plains buffalo, its decimation through government policy and the settling of the West, 150 years ago. Saskatchewan artist, Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway, will brain tan and smoke a buffalo hide in public over winter 2018 semester, culminating in an exposition during Congress 2018. Using Nakoda words and pictographs and employing natural tints, dyes and paints, she will illustrate her connection to the buffalo on the finished robe.

May 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, June 1, Dr. Lloyd Barber Academic Green, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

●    Snapshots of unrest: Images from Saskatchewan and Regina's radical past. Take a look back through 30 years of struggles led by Indigenous peoples, workers, students, and farmers that shaped our city and province.

May 26, Lab Building Corridor, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

●    A celebration of Regina writers: This event celebrates three Regina writers who will read from their work and answer questions from the audience: mystery novelist Gail Bowen, fiction writer and playwright Connie Gault, and nature writer Trevor Herriot.

May 26, Campion College, room 105, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

 Congress is an annual gathering of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. This year’s theme is “Gathering Diversities”, reflects the history of Regina as a traditional place of gathering and rich buffalo hunting grounds for Plains cultures.

These are just a few of the free public events taking place during Congress 2018. For more, visit the Congress 2018 website. More information about the Federation and Congress 2018 is available online at the website, Twitter, and Facebook.


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Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Nicola Katz

Manager of Communications

Cell: 613-282-3489

University of Regina

Dale Johnson

Communications Strategist

Cell: 306-531-5995

About the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Now in its 87th year, Congress brings together academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work and many others. Congress 2018 is hosted by the University of Regina. For more information, visit

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information about the Federation, visit

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina is constantly pushing the bounds of knowledge and pioneering new ways of thinking about the world. It’s no surprise that the University is ranked in the Top 200 by Times Higher Education in the Best Young Universities category. At the heart of its success is the institution’s commitment to growing diversity. Since 2009, it has increased its international student population by 122 percent and its Indigenous student population by 84 percent. The University of Regina is home to the country’s highest percentage of graduate students from outside Canada, and has received the top ranking in Canada for its number of international research collaborations. For more information about the University of Regina, visit



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