Free documentary! ūüé• Plus: Big Give next week; Border closure Q&A

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Available tomorrow: free documentary, plus director’s talk next week
  • We need your support – Big Give is next week!
  • March is Francophonie Month – events & celebrations
  • Quebec river granted “legal personhood” in Canadian first
  • Affiliate event: “A New Future for North America”
  • Affiliate event: Q&A: “Facing Border Closure Together to Flatten the Curve”
  • Affiliate event: “Negotiating With Confidence”
Upcoming Event
Free Documentary and Film Talk: The BIinding Sea
March 9 | 12:30 p.m. | RSVP here
Join filmmaker¬†George Tombs¬†for a discussion of his 2020 documentary¬†The Blinding Sea. The film chronicles the life of Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928), the first person to lead a successful expedition through the Northwest Passage. It evokes the joys, sorrows, relationships, and missed opportunities in the life of Amundsen, who disappeared mysteriously during a polar flight in 1928. The film places a special focus on Amundsen’s relations with the Indigenous people he encountered on his voyages, particularly the Inuit.
The documentary will be available online tomorrow to registered attendees. We request that all participants watch the film prior to joining the director’s talk on March 9.
George Tombs is an award-winning author and filmmaker based in Montreal, who works in both English and French. He is currently writing a biography of Roald Amundsen. His past works include Robber Baron, a biography of controversial media tycoon Conrad Black, and his recent humorous novel Mind the Gap.
Big Give is next Thursday!
The big day is almost here!¬†Big Give, Berkeley’s annual fundraising extravaganza, is¬†next Thursday, March 11. Show your support for Canadian Studies by making a gift of any size to our program. 76% of our funding comes from donors like you, so your support is critical. And your Big Give gift could help us win $1000s of dollars in prizes at no cost to you –¬†learn how here.
Joyeux mois de la Francophonie !
March is the month of La Francophonie, and Canadian studies is pleased to join with 88 countries and Canadians from coast to coast in celebrating French language and cultures this month. The Canadian embassy in the United States will be hosting and promoting several events that highlight Canada’s French language heritage – please see the¬†full list of events¬†to join in! (Please note that many events will be conducted entirely in French.)
In the News
Quebec River Granted “Legal Personhood” in Canadian First
In the first action of its kind in Canada, Quebec’s Magpie River has been granted legal personhood by regional authorities.¬†As reported by the CBC, simultaneous resolutions adopted by the Minganie regional municipality and the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit grant the river nine rights, with appointed guardians able to sue on the river’s behalf should those rights be violated.
The move is intended to protect the river, which has great significance to the local Innu people, from development, particularly the threat of damming for hydropower. Environmental and Indigenous groups applaud the move, which they say recognizes traditional Indigenous concepts of land stewardship and preserves a valuable natural resource. The action is part of a global movement for “environmental personhood”, which advocates for the intrinsic rights of nature and recognition of Indigenous groups’ traditional relationship to their surroundings.
Image: Magpie River by The Canadian Press/HO-Boreal River
Affiliate/External Events
A New Future for North America
March 2 | 9:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET) | RSVP here
Join the Wilson Center for expert analysis on the future of Canada-US-Mexico relations. The Biden Administration made several steps to reach out to neighboring governments in its first days. To assess whether these steps portend a return to more active North American collaboration, the Wilson Center is honored to welcome distinguished representatives from the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments to discuss the future of North America and regional cooperation on important issues such as pandemic response, border management and region migration. Learn more and view the speaker schedule here.
This event marks the launch the North America 2.0 project, in which the Wilson Center and partner organizations throughout the region will be releasing policy recommendations and analysis on North American cooperation throughout the first half of 2020.
Community Q&A: Facing Border Closure Together to Flatten the Curve
March 4 | 4:00 p.m. | RSVP here
The Consulate General of Canada in Northern California and the Digital Moose Lounge invite you to an important conversation about the extension of border closure regulations. This is an open-format community discussion and opportunity to have your questions answered. Participants will include Consul-General Rana Sarkar; senior consular officer Marni Kellison; Pavan Dhillon, founder and principal attorney at Dhillon Immigration Law and a Berkeley Canadian Studies board member; and Shauna Chevalier, liaison officer for the Canada Border Services Agency.
Please email questions to
Negotiating With Confidence
March 10 | 12:00 p.m. | RSVP here
The San Francisco Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women and Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco are pleased to present an¬†American Association of University Women (AAUW)¬†Work Smart Salary Negotiation webinar in observance of International Women’s Day. The seminar aims to¬†train women to ask for equal and fair salary and benefits packages. Learn more¬†here.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

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