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Restorying Canada

May 18, 2017 - May 19, 2017

Restorying Canada: Reconsidering Religion and Public Memory in 2017, is a three-day conference and public art event held at the University of Ottawa, bringing together artists, poets, novelists, and scholars in the year of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Asking how religion—and the ways it is remembered—has shaped the formation of Canada as a colonial, multicultural nation, the participants will address both forces of exclusion and rituals of conviviality. With public plenary events featuring speakers such as Kent Monkman, Margaret Atwood, and Zarqa Nawaz, Restorying Canada will be an unprecedented occasion that sparks new stories of past, present, and future.

Evening Plenary Events

Thursday May 18, 6:30-9:00 pm

Decolonizing the Canon: An Evening of Poetry, Performance, and Painting

Featuring: Cris Derksen, George Elliott Clarke, and Kent Monkman
National Gallery of Canada Auditorium

Friday May 19, 7:00-9:00 pm

The Future of Religion in Canada: Utopia or Dystopia?

Featuring: Margaret Atwood and Leah Kostamo
Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa


May 18, 2017
May 19, 2017


University of Ottawa