Sat Jun 22, 2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Defining Moment: Spirituality & The Environment in the Age of Reconciliation
featuring guest speaker Kwulasultun, Doug White, B.A., J.D.
Bethlehem Alive 2019 Annual Fundraising Dinner
Our speaker this year is Doug White, former Chief and current Councillor of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, lawyer, and negotiator for First Nations governments across Canada, and is the current Director of the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University.
In addition to his many accomplishments, Doug led the First Nations Summit from 2010-2013 as a member of the FNS Task Group. Formerly a director of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, he was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2008 and represents First Nations across the country.
Growing up learning from the practical and spiritual teachings of an elder, his grandmother the late Dr. Ellen White, Kwulasulwut; Doug learned the rich and vibrant traditions within his culture while being guided towards leadership by his father and family. The former Snuneymuxw chief has a passion for initiating the necessary actions needed to globally sustain the next seven generations. With his far-reaching vision through the clarity of the present moment, White will lead Gala attendees through engaging story and reflections on the topic of Indigenous people within society and the country as seen through the lens of spirituality and the environment.
The evening commences at 5:00 pm with arrival and mingling. Starting at 5:30 pm, dinner will be prepared by Certiﬁed Chef de Cuisine, Margot Bodchon, and her team. At 7:00 pm the evening program arrival and mingling will begin. At 7:30 pm speaker Doug White will present. Music will begin at 8:00 pm with mingling, desserts, and a cash bar.
Guests can enjoy a silent auction from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
The Bethlehem Centre relies on the support of the community and visitors and is seeking financial assistance to continue offering services and support to the spiritual community in Nanaimo and surrounding areas.
Photo credit: OISE-University of Toronto.