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Coming Together for Canadian Culture: June 29 - July 13
Community Night film screening: July 8

Academics from around the world will converge in the study of Canadian cultures at Trent University from June 29 to July 13, as part of its Summer Explorations in Canadian Cultures (SECC) program. In its seventh year, the program will see students, teachers, researchers and educators immerse themselves in Canadian culture through lectures, discussion groups, seminars and field excursions.

With Trent's Canadian Studies faculty members and other local cultural experts, participants will explore a myriad of matter, including national identities, contemporary and historical native issues, and literary arts.

"This is an opportunity for people to expand on any research they've been doing," says Ms. O'Reilly, noting Summer Explorations is unique in its nature. "Not only is it learning about Canadian cultures, but learning about each other's culture and coming together to share experiences."

SECC was launched by the Canadian Studies program at Trent, and is now hosted by Continuing Education in Julian Blackburn College, in partnership with the Canadian Studies program and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies.

This year SECC will be hosting Community Night for members of the Trent and Peterborough communities. The program will host filmmaker James Cullingham at the screening of the film Time Immemorial. The movie will be shown at the Gordon Best Theatre on Thursday, July 8 at 8 p.m.

This film chronicles the struggle of the Nisga'a tribe of British Columbia to take their land claim to the Supreme Court of Canada. Four generations are interviewed, combined with documentary footage to explain fully the fight to gain recognition from the federal and provincial governments. Mr. Cullingham will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

Tickets will be $6/adult and $5/student, and all proceeds will go toward a SECC tuition bursary. Tickets are available at Title's Bookstore, the Canadian Studies office at Traill College and Julian Blackburn College on Symons Campus. For more information, 748-1011 ext. 5160 or or .

Posted June 28, 2004

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