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PRE-REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON JANUARY 11, 2024 AT 8:00P.M. and CLOSE FEBRUARY 11 AT 8:00 P.M.
We have decided to start pre-registration on January 11th to make sure everyone is informed of the start time and has time to check out the sessions as the first week back to school can be quite hectic.
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“On the two school days of your assigned teachers’ convention, you have a legal and professional responsibility to attend convention. If you are not able to make it safely to your assigned convention, however, your collective agreement may include impassable roads or inclement weather clauses that you can access. If your collective agreement does not include language specific to road conditions or weather, you may make use of the personal leave clauses of your agreement in most cases. Please be aware that using any of these types of leave may require you to pay substitute costs, forego a portion of your salary and benefits, or report to your school or another work location in your district. Refer to your collective agreement for more information. Should you require any additional information or if you need assistance interpreting your collective agreement, please contact Teacher Employment Services at 1-800-232-7208 or 780-447-9400.”
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Friday, February 23 • 1:00pm - 3:20pm
Congo for the Taking… (Part 2) ‘Independence’ to The Congo Wars to the Scramble for Rare Earth Minerals

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This session examines the history of Congo as a case study of Imperialism… from ‘Independence’ to the ongoing Congo Wars to todays Scramble for Rare Earth Minerals...
“Where formerly the natives hardly knew how to get their daily food, now European enterprise, has brought [them] unthought-of wealth” - King Leopold
“The horror, the horror” - Conrad in “Heart of Darkness”
“Apple works to protect the environment and to safeguard the well-being of the millions of people touched by our supply chain” - Apple Inc.
“Our daily lives are powered by a human and environmental catastrophe in the Congo. The scale of destruction caused by cobalt mining in the name of renewable energy is without contemporary parallel.” - Kara in “Cobalt Red”

Topics include - Lumumba’s assassination, Hammarskjold’s death, Katangan succession, Mobutu’s rise, The Rwandan Genocide, Kagame’s rise and Rwanda/Uganda’s invasion of Congo (5 million deaths). It focuses on the roles of foreign actors, including Canada, and their motives. Were they truly motivated by the enlightened Idealism they professed or by the dark Realism described by Joseph Conrad, “It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale”? This session quotes from "Heart of Darkness" to illustrate the continuity of Realism in Imperial policy from Leopold to the present and challenges many of our most cherished historical myths including our ‘Peacekeeping’ missions … and make it embarrassingly clear that General Dallaire’s presentation of Paul Kagame in “Shake Hands with the Devil” as a hero of Idealism masks the truth of Kagame’s massive war crimes. “What redeems it is the idea only” (Conrad). Boutros-Ghali, (“Was this not Fashoda?”) and others describe how UN Peacekeepers were misused by our Anglo-American Alliance to wrest control in Rwanda and Congo from France (Franc Afrique) and if that was a Geopolitical error… as now China is the rising Neocolonial Master of Congo. We will also explore the implications of all this history for Social Studies Curricula.

Speakers
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Greg Hunter

Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote an understanding and teaching of History based on Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias. Adam Hochschild, Professor at UC Berkeley and author of 'King Leopold's Ghost' said, “Greg's talks... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Imperial 1 - HYATT HYATT