Gary George, community relations officer, SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples.

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Philosophers' Cafes highlight Indigenous culture

February 14, 2018
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Last fall, Gary George, community relations officer with the Office for Aboriginal Peoples (OAP), began moderating a new series of SFU Philosophers’ Cafés that highlight First Nations culture.

SFU has been running the popular Philosophers’ Cafés since 1998. The informal public discussions on myriad topics are held in libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. Open to everyone, the cafés bring dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime.

The OAP introduced the new First Nations café series in 2017 as a cultural community outreach project. To date, George has moderated four cafés on two topics: “Viewing Canada’s First Nations Through Language,” and “Is There Something Therapeutic About Traditional First Nations Hand Drumming?”
He quickly discovered that people are very interested in First Nations culture.

“The discussions have been great,” he says, “but there is always a lot of tension, too. Indigenous issues are, for sure, very polarizing.”

George plans to continue offering the cafés through spring 2018 on  “Indigenous Terminology” and “First Nations Music.”

To find the dates and locations, visit the Pop-up cafés schedule.