Listen to Buffy Sainte-Marie, hear from former TRC Commissioner Marie Wilson, and find out about carbon pricing - Congress 2018: May 28 highlights

Media Advisory Release Date: May 27, 2018 1:30 p.m.

Legendary singer-songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform a free public concert Monday evening as Congress 2018, Canada’s largest gathering of the country’s brightest researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers, continues at the University of Regina until June 1.

Monday’s free public event highlights include:

●    Storytellers Showcase: Twenty-five finalists will give inspiring three-minute presentations on how research is improving our lives and world. Presented by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. (Media will want to be on hand for the 8:30 a.m. announcement with Minister Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.)

May 28, CK-Centre for Kinesiology – Congress Hub – Expo Event, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

●    Diversity and Reconciliation: Former Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson will speak on diversity and whether it can address historical failings and serve as an agent for ongoing reconciliation. This is part of the week-long Big Thinking lecture series.

May 28, Riddell Centre-University Theatre, room 170, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

●    Burn the Money on the Steps of the Legislature: Misunderstanding / Misrepresenting Carbon Pricing in Saskatchewan. Discussions of carbon pricing by the province have been decidedly one‐sided, focusing on the cost of paying a carbon price, while ignoring that revenues could be used to reduce income taxes or provide rebates to vulnerable groups. Brett Dolter of the U of R will present his research on the dominant and alternative perspectives.

May 28, First Nations University of Canada, FN 2000, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

●    Buffy Sainte-Marie: Award-winning musician, educator, activist, and academic, Buffy Sainte-Marie describes her latest album, Medicine Songs, as "a collection of front line songs about unity and resistance" that she hopes will "rock your world and inspire new ideas."

May 28, Riddell Centre-University Theatre, room 170, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Congress 2018, hosted by the University of Regina, welcomes 5,000 academics from the social sciences and humanities. The “Gathering diversities” theme of the Queen City’s largest-ever conference, celebrates the history of Regina as a traditional place of gathering and rich buffalo hunting grounds for numerous Plains cultures and explores education as a new buffalo.

These are just a few of the free public events taking place during Congress 2018. For more, visit the Congress 2018 website. Check out Congress 2018 social media: Twitter and Facebook.

For interview requests:

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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