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Student association puts spotlight on institutional racism

March 30, 2015 - 1:04 PM

KAMLOOPS – In response to a recent law student conference discussion that left some attendees questioning speakers’ intentions, the Indigenous Law Students’ Association at Thompson Rivers University plans to hold a forum to discuss institutional racism.

Law student and event moderator, Daniel Gallant, says the discussion will be a safe space for dialogue so students can learn about indigenous rights and institutional racism from lawyers and aboriginal educators.

Discussion at the institution was first spurred following a presentation by Mount Royal University instructor Frances Widdowson and her partner Albert Howard. Attendees said the conversation took a racist slant towards First Nations and spoke out in the media against it.

Speakers will include Thompson Rivers University law school alumnus and former association vice president Chris Albinati, local lawyer Michelle Good and TRU’s executive director of aboriginal education, Paul Michel.

The talk will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in classroom OM3632 of the campus' Old Main building. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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— This story was updated at 3:34 p.m., March 30, 2015, to correct the spelling of a name.

— This story was corrected at 4:12 p.m., March 31, 2015, to correct Chris Albinati's role with the discussion. 

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