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Global Peace Leadership Forum

a DC Update from the Native American Leadership Alliance


“Peacebuilding through Native American Traditions”

 Tuesday, May 18th, 3:00—5:00 PM

National Press Club, McClendon Room
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

(14th and F St.) Metro stop: Metro Center

Native American Traditions and wisdom from the Elders are powerful tools for peacebuilding throughout the world.  This fascinating forum will highlight and examine this unique perspective through vision and experience, including high-impact visits to the Middle East. The keynote speaker, Chief Robert Joseph, Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivor Society in Canada, has participated in these international initiatives and has extensive experience in the field of healing and reconciliation.  Joseph wrote the preamble for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which he will highlight in his presentation.  He also addressed the UN Indigenous People’s Forum just last week. This will be an informative and unforgettable gathering.   

Keynote Speaker:

Robert Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwa wa enuk First Nation.  He is also an Indian Residential School Survivor who spent 10 years at St. Michael’s Indian Residential School at Alert Bay on the central coast of British Colombia.

He spoke only Kwa Kwala as a six year old boy entering this Residential School.  He was beaten many times for speaking his own language and endured other hardship and abuse.  He recognizes the destructive impact that this experience had on his life, family and community.  However, this same experience has given him the inspiration to assist aboriginals in seeking hope, healing and reconciliation in his position as Executive Director for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

Joseph has spent most of his working life as an advocate for aboriginal people.  He has worked for provincial organizations in BC including the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Native Brotherhood of BC, and the First Nations Summit.  He has also worked for Tribal Councils like the Nuu-Chah-nulth, Kwakiulth District Council, and Musgamagw Tribal Council.  In addition, he has worked for large and small Bands as Band Manager.

Recently Joseph has been awarded with an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from the University of British Columbia for his distinguished achievements in serving BC and Canada through the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and for preserving the traditions and cultures of the First Nations of BC.           

He has always sought to bridge the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding, and racism. 

Remarks by: Peter Weinberger, PhD, United States Institute of Peace – Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuidling

Limited Seating – RSVP to gpaine@gpfusa.org

For more information, call Gail Paine at 202-841-4790

Global Peace Festival Foundation 

Co- sponsored by Native American Leadership Alliance



May 18, 2010 - Posted by | Native News, Updates


  1. This is a parnership between the Global Peace Festival Foundation & the Native American Leadership Alliance.

    The Nat’l Press Club room is very small and very tight in many ways. Getting into DC on short notice is not exactly great either.
    We will be having a potluck at Gail Paine’s (Gail is a Univera lady, in my Wellness Network) house at 7:30 pm afterwards.

    This was a lot more comfortable & easy going.

    I am assisting the Native American Leadership Alliance by inviting Indians to the table. The speaker at this event attended a Canadian Boarding School & is telling about his experiences growing up.

    This after-party (Pot Luck) is a social event to meet the Canadian “First Nations” Chief that came down for this event.

    Comment by Evans Craig | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. Went to the Pot Luck & got to eat dinner with Chief Joseph of the Gwa wa enuk First Nation, and hear his story about growing up on his reserve then being sent off to a Residential (Boarding School) School. Also got to see slides of his trip around the world bringing ‘Consolidation & Peace’ to country’s around the world. He is an inspirational Elder that I am very glad to of met.

    Comment by Evans Craig | May 19, 2010 | Reply

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