Memorable quotes, moments, from Prince Rupert’s first TEDx

Lester Centre manager, Michael Gurney, was instrumental in bringing TEDx to Prince Rupert (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View) Lester Centre manager, Michael Gurney, was instrumental in bringing TEDx to Prince Rupert (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View)
Guest speakers left to right: Andrea Pollock, Dr. Marius Pienaar, Blair Mirau, Michael Uehara, Maynard Angus, Nancy Griffith-Zahner, Nathan Randall at the TEDx event held at the Lester Centre of the Arts on Friday, Apr. 19 (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View)
Dr. Marius Pienaar speaking on his topic Pregnancy: an opportunity to predict. (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View)
Maynard Angus presenting a thought-provoking topic Coalition of Equals: Finding Third Space. (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View)
Nancy Griffith-Zahner presenting her talk Finding My Home On Indigenous Land. (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View)
Griffin Toye-Oesche performed solo guitar and vocals: Moonshadow (Cat Stevens) and Blackbird (Paul McCartney) (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View)
Blair Mirau thinks that the structure of governance should be reversed in his talk How Local Government Can Solve Global Problems. (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View)
Blair Mirau answering some questions from the evening’s MC, Hans Seidemann (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View)
Andrea Pollock spoke about her many attempts and failures in Only weirdos Operate Bed and Breakfasts (Gareth MIllroy | The Northern View)
Hans Seidemann was the MC for the evening at the Lester Centre of the Arts, Apr. 19 (Gareth MIllroy | The Northern View)
Andrea Pollack at the inaugural TEDx in Prince Rupert on April 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Blair Mirau at the inaugural TEDx in Prince Rupert on April 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Blair Mirau and Hans Seidemann in a question and answer period at the inaugural TEDx in Prince Rupert on April 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Dr. Marius Pienaar at the inaugural TEDx in Prince Rupert on April 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Griffin Toye-Oesche plays “Blackbird” at the inaugural TEDx in Prince Rupert on April 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Guest speakers at the TEDx Event held at the Lester Centre of the Arts on Friday, Apr. 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Maynard Angus on “Third Space” at the inaugural TEDx in Prince Rupert on April 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Michael Uehara on the sustainable seafood industry at the inaugural TEDx in Prince Rupert on April 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Nancy Griffith-Zahner on finding home on Indigenous land at the inaugural TEDx in Prince Rupert on April 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Nathan Randall at the inaugural TEDx in Prince Rupert on April 19. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

Ideas were truly worth spreading at the inaugural Prince Rupert TEDx event held at the Lester Centre of the Arts on Friday, Apr. 19.

The non-profit TED organization (an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design) hosts conferences that bring together some of the world’s best thinkers.

TED Talks take a global approach while TEDx events are independently organized community-wide talks focusing on local topics told through resident’s voices.

READ MORE: Speakers announced for TEDx talks in Prince Rupert Apr. 19

For those of you who missed the event, here are some of the most memorable quotes from the guest speakers:

Michael Uehera, the CEO from Coastal Shellfish Corporation, opened the night with the genesis of forming a sustainable seafood industry on the North Coast.

“Home is where you can hold out your true heart and you are welcomed” – Nancy Griffith-Zahner presented her talk titled Finding My Home On Indigenous Land, which focused on her journey through ignorance and denial to eventually finding her home on Indigenous land.

Then Maynard Angus spoke on the historic Indigenous passage from equality, to inequality and back toward equality, and finding a Third Space where all parties can meet for consultation.

“I want you to imagine a wedding and sitting at the kids’ table is local government” – Blair Mirau discussed how local government is often treated like a child by government in his talk How Local Government Can Solve Global Problems.

“Hi my name is Andrea, and I am a weirdo and I’m here to tell you that’s okay” – Andrea Pollock described her trials and tribulations in her entrepreneurial ventures in her talk Only Weirdos Operate Bed and Breakfasts.

READ MORE: Indigenous-owned sustainable scallop farm gets licence

READ MORE: Mirau named Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society CEO

Lester Centre manager Michael Gurney was instrumental in bringing TEDx to Prince Rupert and hopes that this will be the first of an annual event in the city.

“The inaugural TEDx Prince Rupert event proved that our city has invigorating perspectives to share with the world,” Gurney said after the event. “The response was excellent and seven speakers brought diverse topics to the stage.”

Gurney went on to say that to encourage participants to add their own experience to the amalgam as well as a robust exchange will provoke long-lasting conversations about the theme of ‘sustaining communities.’

“I expect that even more cohesion and creativity will be the result.”



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