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Pre-Registration OPEN for the 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium

Registration is now open for the online Symposium taking place from September 10-13! 

Are you eager to: 

*Create CONNECTION that is meaningful for festivals, organizations and artists to either unite around common goals or to have better insight on their difference;  

*Motivate ACTION on a national, local and individual scale to enrich the reach, scope and depth of arts and culture of Asian Canadian artist and cultural workers;  

*Build MOMENTUM beyond the dates of the symposium to encourage continuity of discovery, experimentation and innovation in order to move forward without getting stuck;

*Develop SOLIDARITY within our own communities and outside to support each other in the building of a National Network and for those who wish to continue to grow deeper in their own circles.  

We make efforts to decolonize models of gathering, consultation and action and consider differences across region, scale, generation, discipline, career level, privilege, professional definition and other challenges to engagement.  We will be including online (in both official languages) and in person events in satellite locations across the country. 

These events will include presentations, discussions, training, networking, action plan creation, national collaboration, working groups, First Nations, Inuit and Metis solidarity 

SYMPOSIUM EVENTS SERIES WEEK 2 Getting on the same page to create action at the 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium

Connection – Action – Momentum – SolidarityStrengthening Asian Canadian Arts, Culture and Heritage

The  2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium, kicked off with a pre-symposium event series with some interesting conversation, debate and new connections made.  In the interest of getting stuff done, we continue to have these critical conversations to consensus on common goals and challenges in advance.

We hope to: equitize engagement; encourage actions during the symposium rather than “preaching to the converted” have better understanding of differing perspectives and options; and engage with greater confidence after having met some of the participants prior to the event. 
Each session needs to be registered for separately on Evenbrite and are no charge. The links are below with the description and will also be shared on the Facebook event. Pre-symposium online events will be held in English with French translation chat offered.

These events will not be recorded in order to maintain privacy for those participating.


Tuesday, August 18: Cultural Appreciation vs Cultural Appropriation: Solidarity with First Nations, Inuit and Metis
7:30-9:00 PM EST
This discussions centre on what we are doing to decolonize our own artistic practices so that we can be in better solidarity with First Nations, Metis and Inuit. We will create a manifesto of commitments that we will enact during the symposium in an effort to be in better solidarity. We will also explore questions on the ethics of celebrating Asian Heritage Month when there are many injustices that exist for the first caretakers of Turtle Island.
Register here

Thursday, August 20: Resources and Tools: A cultural translation
1:00-2:30 PM EST
We have been amassing resources, tools and partner service organizations regarding touring, collaboration, residencies, organizational development and accessibility. We want to know from you what would be the best way to have the tools available to you to increase accessibility? What are you missing? What do you need? What resources do you have that you can offer to our living documentation? How do you want to connect and collaborate? This is an effort to create new models that would be more appropriate to the needs of our community.
Register here

Others pre-symposium events coming soon 
Tuesday, August 25: Building of a Network of Asian Canadians in Arts, Culture and Heritage
7:30-9:00 PM EST
Register here

Thursday, August 27: Funding for Asians in the Arts, Culture and Heritage

1:00-2:30 PM EST
Register here