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Buffy St. Marie: Helping First Nations Youth Realize Their Full Potential

April 11, 2016
This week’s Conversation That Matters features Buffy St. Marie, who says her career has been lived at the intersection of social activist and artist. She points out that artists tell the stories of our times in ways that resonate. Over the past five decades, Ms. St. Marie has been a voice for First Nations in Canada and the United States.
 
The Cradleboard project was a concept she developed in the early days of personal computing that allowed First Nations communities to connect and celebrate their individual and collective heritage. 
 
“This put aboriginal people in the driver's seat of delivering who they are to remote partners of the same age and they’d discuss everything from clan mothers to medicine,” St. Marie says. “It’s a journey of discovery about each other’s cultures and their own. It’s putting kids in touch with kids and it promotes self-esteem”
 
Conversations That Matter is a partner program with the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. Join veteran Broadcaster Stuart McNish each week for these important and engaging conversations shaping our future.
 

Stuart McNish

Stu McNish is a trainer, speaker, video producer and award-winning television reporter. Over the course of his career Stu has taught countless professionals how to prepare for media interviews and to speak in public. As a television reporter with Global TV, Stu won numerous awards for his work, ended the careers of politicians, spoke out on behalf of those who didn't have a voice and made a difference.

In 1998, Stu left reporting and created Oh Boy Productions, a production company producing truly compelling videos for TV, corporate clients, government agencies and not-for-profits.

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