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Hope Restored: Symposium

May 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

What is our New Brunswick identity? How do we address our complex social problems so we are more cohesive or fragmented?

Join us for the official setting of the tone for who we are as New Brunswickers.  Participate in the first New Brunswick Citizenship Ceremony, an adaptation of an indigenous blanket exercise

See the symbolic ceremonial blanket being crafted by Elsipogtog elders, and bring your own fabric square to be added to the quilt!  We are all a part of the fabric of New Brunswick society, and this blanket will become the symbol of our province and its people.

Witness the unveiling of the symposium wood sculpture – it is a representation of how we must embrace the ephemeral, the fluid and temporary nature of how we approach identity.

Join us in the Atrium for a complimentary reception, and to participate and observe the talking circle facilitated by Rotary Peace Fellow Stephen Brimley: Are We Ready to Grow?

Enjoy a taste of the increasingly popular new Stay and Grow events!

———————–FRIDAY, MAY 10th———————-
Friday, May 10th
12pm-2pm, UNB Beaverbrook House (Uptown Saint John)
Empowering Local Identities: Social cohesion in a fragmented province
A collaboration of UNB Urban&Community Studies Institute; Ampersand Collaborations Perluète; and Dialogue NB
Facilitated by Dr. Mathieu Wade, Université de Moncton
*simultaneous interpretation in both official languages provided

Friday, May 10th
12pm, Saint John Free Public Library
French Conversation Brown Bag Lunch

Friday, May 10th
2pm Afternoon Tea & Fireside Chat, Dave Shoots, Bookseller
Coburg Street Social: 1827 meets 2019
A collaboration of Doug Steen, Dave Shoots&Wendy, Clyde Wray, and Lorenzo Society with presentations and readings (and Wendy’s famous brownies!)
Facilitated by Andrea Kikuchi, Lorenzo Society UNB Saint John

Friday, May 10th
2pm-4pm Saint John Newcomers Centre Open House
2pm-4pm create your own quilt square for the New Brunswick Citizenship Blanket
3pm Grand Unveiling of Walls as Canvas of SJNC!

Friday, May 10th
2pm-4pm PRUDE Inc. Open House
Black History of New Brunswick Exhibit Tours
Learn about Asian Heritage Month Activities

Friday, May 10th
3pm ConnexionWorks Open House

Friday, May 10th
Market Square (Loyalist Plaza & Atrium)
4pm Setting the Tone
4:15pm Welcome & Swamp Bear Art – Joel Palmer – Wood Sculpture presentation
4:30pm Citizenship Blanket Ceremony guided by Elsipogtog elders
5:15pm Wood Sculpture ignited, followed by brief reception
5:30pm Are We Ready to Grow Talking Circle, facilitated by Rotary Peace Fellow, Stephen Brimley
*simultaneous interpretation in both official languages provided

Friday, May 10th
Focus – Photography Exhibit
6pm, Saint John Arts Centre

Friday, May 10th
6:30pm, Market Square Atrium
Stay and Grow Collaboration
After what is sure to be a moving Opening Ceremonies, heed the call to action with the volunteer-run organization Stay and Grow!

Friday, May 10th
6:30pm Tomato/tomato album release
SOLD OUT! invited guests only

——————–SYMPOSIUM DETAILS———————-
The first footsteps of our New Brunswick lineages found this soil 13,000 years ago.
485 years ago, the next group of intrepid voyageurs joined them.
Two centuries later, refugees also found this land and its peoples, and shaped the official boundaries of our province into New Brunswick as we know it today.

Spem Reduxit – Hope Restored – L’espoir Renaît.

These words proudly emblazoned the provincial coat of arms when the borders we know as New Brunswick were shaped, and our province was officially founded.

235 years on from this founding, does this same pride and hope resonate with the identity of what it means to be of New Brunswick? How does this affect our ability to be more cohesive or more fragmented as a society, and to meet our needs as individuals, communities, and a province?

Such is the foundation of the upcoming symposium with the theme of our provincial motto, Spem Reduxit – Hope Restored – L’espoir Renaît.

The symposium is being hosted May 10&11 in various cultural spaces throughout Uptown Saint John. All residents of New Brunswick are welcomed to attend and participate.
The issues we face as a province are too complex for us to address from only one perspective. There are many voices that comprise our collective identity, and in order to understand the problems that divide us, we must come together and share the stories of who we are, and how we can work together to meet our needs.

The symposium’s purpose is three-fold:
– disrupting silos: collaborative dialogue to address complex social problems that cannot be resolved from only one perspective
– busy hands; open hearts: cultural expression in the form of live arts as a means to foster these collaborations and create a space of
– hope was restored: curated sessions designed with the spirit of our provincial motto and its origin, hosted in small-scale spaces throughout Uptown

Inquiries: Stephany Peterson, symposium curator