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An indigenous man wearing ceremonial regalia kneels inside a replica of a prison cell. He is presenting a textile banner with a graphic image of a bird and the words “bring our children home”.


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March 21, 2019 6:30PM


After 27 Hours: In conversation with Derek Nepinak


March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On that day, in 1960, South African police killed 69 people in Sharpeville, South Africa. The people who lost their lives were peaceful protestors objecting to the discriminatory “pass laws” which ruled all aspects of life for Black people during the apartheid years. Apartheid refers to the system of white supremacy that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s.

Former grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Derek Nepinak spent 27 hours without food or drink in a replica of anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela’s prison cell inside the Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibition at the Museum. Reflecting on the parallels between Black South Africans and Indigenous Canadians, Nepinak will lead a discussion about discrimination and its impact on people, particularly families with children.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Discussion and moderated dialogue with the audience

Where: Bonnie & John Buhler Hall
When: Thursday, March 31, 2019 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free ticket required

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