CHARLOTTETOWN – Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin will receive Confederation Centre of the Arts' Symons Medal and give the 11th National Symons Lecture on the state of Canadian Confederation this Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
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Paul Martin will receive the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Symons Medal and give the 11th National Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation on Thursday in Charlottetown.
Entitled “Confederation Today and Aboriginal Canada,” Martin's lecture will take place in Confederation Centre's Homburg Theatre.
“In its reports on Human Development, the United Nations consistently acknowledges Canada as a global leader,” said Martin. “At the same time however, it notes the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal Canadians in their pursuit of achieving equity regarding economic, social, and cultural rights. It is time for Canada to give life to the constitutionally-protected, inherent right to self-government, ensuring Aboriginal Canada is given a seat at the national table.”
The Symons Medal and Lecture provides a national platform for a distinguished Canadian to discuss the current state and future prospects of Confederation. It provides all Canadians an opportunity to reflect upon their country and its future. Following the lecture, participating post-secondary students from New Brunswick and P.E.I. will also attend a private ‘fireside chat’ with Martin held among the Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island exhibition in the art gallery.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome… Paul Martin to present this year's Symons Lecture and share his insights on the topic of Aboriginal Canada in 2013,” said H. Wayne Hambly, chairman of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust. “Mr. Martin is an internationally renowned Canadian politician and his observations will be of great interest to our lecture audience."
The medal ceremony and lecture is held each fall to mark the 1864 meetings of the Fathers of Confederation in Charlottetown. The lecture is webcast live at confederationcentre.com/2013symonslecture and later published.
A simultaneous French translation service of the lecture will be provided within the theatre. Visit confederationcentre.com/2013symonslecture for further details.