Dr. Karlee Sapoznik is a human rights and social justice advocate, professor, researcher and NGO leader. She works in collaboration to spearhead international, national, provincial and local initiatives, host community events, bridge gaps between government and community groups, and break down religious, cultural, language and academic-public divides.

She is a widely published contributor to numerous books, academic journals, book reviews, curriculum units, research and policy reports. Her first book, The Letters and Other Writings of Gustavus Vassa (alias Olaudah Equiano, the African): Documenting Abolition of the Slave Trade was published in 2013 by Markus Wiener Publishers, Princeton. Her research on human trafficking and sexual exploitation has informed task forces across Canada, and was cited in Canada’s Exploited Persons Act.

Sapoznik has represented Canada academically and as part of anti-slavery, genocide, social justice, human rights and development projects abroad in England, Israel, Italy, Mali, Peru, Poland, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, and the United States. She is committed to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. As a Professor at l’Université de Saint-Boniface, she created the school’s first course on residential schools, including a round table to foster dialogue between Métis, Aboriginal and Francophone leaders and elders. She also led a research team that informed the final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

After four days of wonderful dialogues and enlightening panels about some of the most pressing issues of our time, Spur Winnipeg has spurred me into thinking about how we can continue these important conversations in our city and country, and, . . .

In the words of Leonardo Da Vinci, “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” This week, May 12-15, our city has the opportunity . . .

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