STAAR-studded event

The Students Taking Action Against Racism event being organized for the Fort Forum confirmed their musical guests last week.

The Students Taking Action Against Racism event being organized for the Fort Forum confirmed their musical guests last week.

Delhi to Dublin, a Vancouver-based group which does an eclectic electronic-based blend of world music will be entertaining the crowd. The group was described by Hour Magazine as “the United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll.”

The group is not only multi-influenced and multi-ethnic, but they are incredibly hip too.

Speakers confirmed for the event will be Troy Payne, and Waneek Horn-Miller.

Payne is an inspirational speaker who came from a background of abuse, neglect and foster care but ultimately he rose above these origins to become a happy and successful person.

Horn-Miller is the former co-captain of Canada’s Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team and a speaker on First Nations’ issues. As a young woman, she was stabbed by a Canadian soldier’s bayonet during the Oka crisis in 1990, but became strengthened by the experience.

The S.T.A.A.R. conference will be taking place at the Fort Forum for students from Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, and seven First Nation communities in the area.

The event is the biggest of its kinds in the area and is funded by a grant applied for by the College of New Caledonia – Fort St. James Campus through EmbraceBCs’ Youth Dialogue Grant.

T-shirts will be worn by all participants with a logo designed by the student organizers and a group photo is planned in which the students will be photographed from above from a helicopter courtesy of Interior Helicopters and The Courier’s intrepid photographer.