Welcome to the inaugural installment of KDocs Talks.
Adapted from the KDocs Documentary Film Festival and led by experts in the field, these keynote speeches create dialogue around some of our most pressing social justice issues: indigenous rights, institutionalized racism, climate change, migrant labour, disability rights, policing, and refugee status. KDocs Talks represents an entry point for discussion, debate, and social change. Designed as a resource to be shared, these videos carry a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
Special thanks go out to the production team of Greg Chan (KDocs outreach coordinator and executive producer), Manon Boivin (KDocs board member and producer), Marina Dodis (editor), and Mat Cruickshank (student assistant), and Janice Morris (KDocs founder and festival director). This project was made possible through the support of the 0.6% PD fund, KPU Marketing, and the KDocs board.
The 2018 edition of KDocs Talks is set to include the keynotes and panel discussions from the documentary film festival -- stay tuned!
One of 20 Kwantlen First Nation Elders, Lekeyten grew up within a very large family in Chehalis First Nation near Harrison Lake. Here, Lekeyten attended day school. Similar to residential schools, day schools did not require students to stay overnight and they returned home at the end of every day. But the teachings were the same, said Lekeyten, and he and his classmates were taught to be quiet. As a result, Lekeyten spent more time in nature than in school, and he soon found his voice. Fast-forward to adulthood, and Lekeyten has been avidly involved for more than 20 years as a guest speaker and presenter at all levels of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education, as well as trades and conferences in the Lower Mainland. His talks are about the environment, land and water use, fishing, and issues of conservation and its traditional importance. Lekeyten is a proud father of three daughters and two sons. He is also extremely proud of being a grandfather of nine. Lekeyten and his wife, Cheryl Gabriel, have been together for forty years. He loves and respects his family wholeheartedly. His advice at the Elder in Residence installation ceremony: “Never shut up.” Lekeyten is honoured to be an Elder in Residence at KPU. He will share with the university, faculty, staff, and students the best of himself. He believes that every person deserves the best for their life and educational journey. kpu.ca/aboriginal/elder
Dr. William Rees is a human ecologist, ecological economist, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) in Vancouver, Canada, where his research and teaching focused on the biophysical prerequisites for sustainability in an era of accelerating ecological change. Within this envelope, he developed a special interest in ecologically-relevant metrics of sustainability and their interpretation in terms of complexity theory and behavioural ecology. Professor Rees is perhaps best known in ecological economics as the originator and co-developer of “ecological footprint analysis.” His book on eco-footprinting, with then PhD student Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, has been translated into eight languages including Chinese. Widely adopted for sustainability assessments by Governments, NGOs and academics, the human “eco-footprint” has arguably become the world’s best-known sustainability indicator.
Professor Rees’ most recent writing focuses on neuro-biological, cognitive, and cultural barriers to sustainability, including humans’ well-developed capacity for self-delusion. He has authored (or coauthored) more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and numerous popular articles on humanity’s (un)sustainability conundrum. Active across disciplines, Dr. Rees is a long-term member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group, a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute, a founding member and past President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics, and founding Director of the OneEarth Initiative. The influence of Dr. Rees’ work is widely recognized and awarded. He
has lectured by invitation throughout North America and 25 other countries around the world; the Vancouver Sun named Professor Rees one of British Columbia’s top public intellectuals in 2000; in 2006, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2007, he was awarded a prestigious Trudeau Foundation Fellowship. Laval University in Québec recognized Professor Rees with an honorary doctorate in 2012, and he is the recipient of both the 2012 Boulding Prize in Ecological Economics and a 2012 Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr. Wackernagel).
Faith Bodnar is the Executive Director of Inclusion BC, a provincial federation working with partners to build community and to enhance the lives of children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families by supporting abilities, promoting action, and advancing rights, responsibilities, and social justice. Faith started her career more than 25 years ago doing grassroots advocacy with the Lloydminster ACL. Over her career, she has worked locally, provincially, and nationally with families, people with intellectual disabilities, agencies, and government to advance full citizenship and human rights for all people. inclusionbc.org
An award-winning filmmaker with a diverse and prolific portfolio of multimedia work, director Min Sook Lee has directed numerous critically acclaimed social documentaries, including My Toxic Baby, Donald Brittain Gemini winner Tiger Spirit, Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature winner Hogtown, Gemini nominated El Contrato, Badge of Pride, and Canadian Screen Award winner The Real Inglorious Bastards. Min Sook is also an Assistant Professor at OCAD University where she teaches Art and Social Change. Min Sook is a recipient of the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award for El Contrato’s impact on the rights of migrant workers, and Canada’s oldest labour arts festival, Mayworks, has named the Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award in her honour. More recently, in 2016, she was awarded the Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance. In 2016, Min Sook released Migrant Dreams, a powerful feature documentary that exposes the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), where foreign workers are treated as modern-day indentured labourers. Its premiere at the 2016 Hot Docs festival garnered numerous praises, elicited standing ovations, and was ultimately selected as a coveted Top 10 Audience Choice film at the festival. migrantdreams.ca
Tamara Herman is a community organizer, researcher, and filmmaker based in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. Tamara's interest in resource extraction was sparked when she did environmental work for an indigenous community opposing oil extraction in the late 1990s. Since then, she has spent time working with communities living beside mines in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Tamara has made several short films on poverty and environmental issues since she first picked up a camera in 2010. We Call Them Intruders is her first feature film.
As a member of a minority group and a former refugee, Saleem Spindari has a passion for social justice and strives to support those in need. Since his arrival in Canada in 1997, Saleem has been very active in advocating for refugees, immigrants, temporary foreign workers, and other marginalized groups. Saleem has presented on refugee issues at various conference and forums. Saleem is now the Manager of Refugee Settlement Support Projects at MOSAIC and manages Metro Vancouver’s Refugee Response Team. He is also the volunteer co-chair of the Multi Agency Partnership (MAP), a partnership comprised of representatives of 40+ government and non-government refugee claimant-serving agencies in BC. mosaicbc.org
Dr. Wade Deisman is a social scientist, scholar, educator, media pundit and provocateur, and all-around public advocate. He is the past Chairperson of the Criminology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and currently serves as Associate Dean of Students in the Faculty of Arts. Dr. Deisman’s research interests range from a fascination with all things theoretical to a more substantive focus on policing and intelligence, terrorism and violent extremism, surveillance, and virtual vigilantism. Prior to moving to the Lower Mainland, he was a professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and the Director of the Ottawa-based National Security Working Group. He worked for the Law Commission of Canada in Ottawa and for the Atlantic Institute for Criminology in Halifax. Dr. Deisman has conducted research for the RCMP and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and is a Senior Research Affiliate with the Network on Terrorism, Security and Society. He is a passionate teacher and proponent of community based education, an outspoken advocate of criminal justice reform, and an incorrigible interlocutor of the public good. A frequent commentator in the news and television media, Wade has appeared in a range of programs including CBC’s Canada Now, Question Period, The National, Canada AM, CTV Newsnet, The Current, Dispatches, BC Today, Ontario Today, Ottawa Morning, Global National, A-Channel, and CPAC. He is also the creative producer and co-host (with Dr. Minelle Mahtani) of his own weekly radio show entitled “Intersections” on Roundhouse Radio.