Date: Wednesday, September 27th
Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Debbie Eisan is an Ojibway Anishinabe kwe from Batchewana First Nation, and was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. During her 36 year military career, Debbie served numerous tours of duty, highlighted by her involvement in the close out operation of the United Nations Base in Rwanda, Africa. In 2004, Eisan was the recipient of the National Aboriginal Women in Leadership Foundation Award of Distinction, and in 2012, she was presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for her work in advocating and bringing Cultural awareness for Aboriginal people serving in the Canadian Forces.
Now working as the community Events Planner at the Mi’kmaw native Friendship Centre in Halifax, she organizes and plans a myraid of events that are of benefit to individuals and groups within the larger Halifax community. It is an extensive and growing list, be it veterans, the homeless, seniors, youth, mothers, fathers and students. Her reach also extends to those who are incarcerated, bringing them culture and spirituality as well as traditional foods.
Deb is a member of the Indigenous Council of Elders at Dalhousie University and a member of the Advisory Committee for care and Compassion to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. As a devoted wife, mother and grandmother of five, and a former board member of Indspire, Deb believes that Indigenous youth must be given the chance of success through Education and maintaining connection to their grass roots.
Originally from Zambia, Martha Mutale began performing poetry on 2007. She is a former 2016 Hali Slam participant, event organizer, former co-founder of Poets for Progress and was also a 4th Wall participant with the Michaelle Jean Foundation in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Martha was also a featured artist at this years StART Festival.