Peter Garrow continues to be a strong advocate for the rights of First Nations People, their concept of life-long learning and promoter of First Peoples’ contributions to society and the world. Peter is a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne – Bear Clan and was the former Director of Education for the Assembly of First Nations for six years. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Education for Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education for eight years and he is presently the lead self-government negotiator for Akwesasne in their negotiations with Canada.
In his plenary session “We Are Survivors,” Peter Garrow breaks down several topics of concern, including: “Who we are as First Peoples of North America, our diversity refuting the notion of ‘Aboriginal’,” “Relationships to Land and Creation,” “The effects of contact,” “Our world-views ‘Collectivism versus Individualism’,” and “Our place in history, the present and future”.
Mohamed Fahmy spent 438 days in an Egyptian prison—unjustly jailed for conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood, and for fabricating news for Al Jazeera during his tenure as bureau chief for the Qatari network in Egypt. He was released in 2015 following international outcry. While in prison, he conducted interviews behind bars with members of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and others, gaining rare insights into modern terrorism. Onstage, he talks about Middle East politics, ISIS, free speech, and the ongoing struggle for universal human rights.
He completed a riveting book titled The Marriott Cell based on his Kafkaesque trial, which is set for release on November 15th. The book contains exclusive interviews he conducted behind bars with political prisoners and extremists that provides the reader with rare insights on the terrorism dominating our headlines. It is currently being be developed into a feature film by The Development Partnership in the United Kingdom.
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With unprecedented registration numbers for the 2017 National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education growing each day, we encourage you to register ASAP to guarantee access to 2017’s conference in July.