After 27 hours: In conversation with Derek Nepinak

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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An Indigenous man wearing ceremonial regalia kneels inside a replica of a prison cell. He is presenting a textile banner with a graphic image of a bird and the words “bring our children home.” Partially obscured.

Photo: CMHR, Keith Fraser

Event details

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On that day, in 1960, South African police killed 69 people in Sharpeville, South Africa. The people who lost their lives were peaceful protestors objecting to the discriminatory “pass laws” which ruled all aspects of life for Black people during the apartheid years. Apartheid refers to the system of white supremacy that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s.

Free ticket required
CMHR, Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1

Former grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Derek Nepinak spent 27 hours without food or drink in a replica of anti‐apartheid activist Nelson Mandela’s prison cell inside the Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibition at the Museum. Reflecting on the parallels between Black South Africans and Indigenous Canadians, Nepinak will lead a discussion about discrimination and its impact on people, particularly families with children.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Discussion and moderated dialogue with the audience

Free event; free ticket required. Get your ticket online, by phone at 204–289-2000, or by visiting the main ticketing desk.