PUBLIC PASTURES — PUBLIC INTEREST and FIRST NATIONS UNIVERSITY OF CANADA
For Immediate Release – June 19, 2013
ACCLAIMED AUTHORS AND CONSERVATIONISTS MARGARET ATWOOD
AND GRAEME GIBSON TO BE WELCOMED TO SASKATCHEWAN
REGINA, SK. First Nations University of Canada and Public Pastures-Public Interest (PPPI) are hosting a Welcome event for Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, two of Canada’s most prominent authors.
Monday, June 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., First Nations University of Canada, First Nations Veterans’ Memorial Tipi. (Open to the public).
The Regina welcome is part of a four-day “Prairie Passages Tour” of Saskatchewan grasslands, including Grasslands National Park and former PFRA pastures, which have been returned to provincial control. Atwood and Gibson will be birding and touring southern grasslands in the company of other international conservation advocates. A prominent member of BirdLife international, Atwood says the ecological value of these large tracts is internationally recognized, and has called them “undervalued.” The tour is hosted by PPPI and Nature Canada. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness of the grasslands and the need for conservation, especially in the wake of changes in the management of the publicly held lands.
“First Nations University is honoured to open its doors to celebrated authors Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, who are fostering open discussion of environmental issues through the Prairie Passages Tour,” said Dr. Lynn Wells, Vice President Academic. “We welcome their acknowledgement of the traditional First Nations territory that they are visiting by opening dialogue in a respectful way at our Indigenous post-secondary institute of higher learning.”
“This visit shows how important our grasslands really are to all of Canada, and internationally,” said Trevor Herriot, PPPI Co-Chair. “They are really the jewel of the Great Northern Plains. We are at a turning point in the history of our grasslands and key decisions are being made. We need to be good stewards and work together or risk losing them forever. ”
Public Pastures-Public Interest is a citizen-based organization devoted to maintaining all of Saskatchewan’s public grasslands as healthy prairie ecosystems and working landscapes. PPPI was founded on principles of retaining, protecting, and managing the province’s 8 million acres of Crown grasslands as vital elements of the public trust every bit as precious as its northern forests and lakes.
The First Nations University of Canada was established in 1976 as the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC) through a federated partnership with the University of Regina. Thirty-five years after it was founded “to enhance the quality of life, and to preserve, protect and interpret the history, language, culture and artistic heritage of first Nations people”, FNUniv continues to fulfill this shared vision.
Spokespersons from First Nations University of Canada and Public Pastures – Public Interest will be available following the event. Regretfully, Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson and the tour group must depart immediately for the long trip to Southwest Saskatchewan.
- Public Pastures-Public Interest Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://pfrapastureposts.wordpress.com/
- Trevor Herriot, email@example.com
- Simone Hengen (Welcome event details), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Racelle Kooy, Director of Communications for First Nations University of Canada, Rkooy@fnuinv.ca
UPCOMING PRAIRIE PASSAGES TOUR EVENTS
Monday, June 24, 1:00 p.m. – Welcome for Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson at First Nations University of Canada, in the First Nations Veterans’ Memorial Tipi. Open to the Public. Free.
Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. – Lemonade Social with Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson. “Little Brick School House,” Centre Street, Val Marie, sponsored by Prairie Wind & Silver Sage Friends of Grasslands. Open to the Public. Free.
Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. – Prairie Passages Dinner. Fundraiser for grasslands education and research. Radisson Renaissance Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina. Cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7:30, followed by reflections on the tour by Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson. Tickets are available from Regina’s Globe Theatre Box Office at $100. Phone 306-525-6400 or Out of town: 1-866-954-5623.
Friday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. – Media Conference on the Prairie Passages Tour. Radisson Renaissance Hotel Saskatchewan. With Public Pastures-Public Interest and Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson. Details to follow.