Library and Archives Canada, the Council of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection, with the support of the Friends of Library and Archives Canada present a lecture:
20th Century Genocide: Indigenous and Jewish Experiences by Maurice Switzer, citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation and member of the Sons of Jacob congregation
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 7 p.m.
2nd floor, 395 Wellington Street
Presentation in English Only
This lecture is free and all are welcome
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Maurice Switzer, Bnesi, is a citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation, which has been located east of Cobourg, Ontario since 1837, and where his maternal grandfather Moses Marsden was Chief from 1905-09.
He was born in Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where his paternal grandfather, Harry, worked as a presser in the Spadina garment district, and helped family members in Poland escape the Holocaust.
Maurice lives in North Bay, where he is a member of the Sons of Jacob congregation and a board member of the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre.
A journalist and educator, he was the first Indigenous publisher of a daily newspaper in Canada, and the first Indigenous student at Trent University. He served as reporter, editor, and publisher at five daily newspapers, including the Winnipeg Free Press, and has been a faculty member at the University of Sudbury, Huntington University, Canadore College, and the Banff Centre's Indigenous Leadership and Management program. He was director of communications for the Assembly of First Nations and the Union of Ontario Indians.
In 2003, he was inducted into the Nipissing District Human Rights Hall of Fame, and in 2010 received an Anishinabek Nation Lifetime Achievement Award.
Maurice is currently a member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
His son, Captain Adin Brant Switzer, is an air traffic controller at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, and his grandson -- Lieutenant Jacob Switzer -- is an engineer at CFB Winnipeg. Granddaughter Olivia is a marketing and sales coordinator with Invesco in Toronto.