This annual lecture, now in its 33rd year, is hosted by the University of Regina’s School of Journalism. It’s named after noted Canadian journalist James Minifie. Born in England in 1900, Minifie homesteaded with his family near Swift Current in 1909. After serving as teenager in WWI Minifie enrolled at Regina College, and later studied at the University of Saskatchewan, Oxford and the Sorbonne before beginning his career as a journalist for New York Herald Tribune. Stationed in Europe, Minifie covered the lead-up to WWII and the war itself until being injured by shrapnel during the Battle of Britain. He subsequently moved to Washington, D.C. where he served as CBC correspondent for 15 years.
This year’s lecture is being delivered by aboriginal journalist and hip hop artist Wab Kinew. Here’s a link to a brief bio on him plus a blog post he did called Idle No More Is Not Just An “Indian Thing”. The lecture goes tonight at the Education Auditorium, University of Regina at 7:30 p.m.
To close, here’s Kinew’s two-minute take on the 500 year history of European colonization in Canada: