Address: Vancouver, BC Canada

Rebuilding Our Humanity

Nigel Osborne with Syrian Children in a Refugee Camp
'Praise' by Dean Roberts and Kairos Eurythmy Ursula Zimmermann
Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau

The Cambridge Music Conference is dedicated to music and healing and is featuring a new program dedicated to the theme of Rebuilding Our Humanity.

Two new works by Squamish First Nation Elder Wendy Charbonneau and British Composer Professor Nigel Osborne have been composed to be premiered at this event.

These two new commissions are of political interest and social concern in Canada today.

British composer Professor Nigel Osborne's new work "Children's Songs from Syrian Refugee Camps" (2016) consolidates his recent work with children caught in terrible conditions traumatised from exposure to war in Syria. Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau's new work "Women Are Gone" (2016) is dedicated to the rape and murder victims of indigenous women and girls in Canada whose lives remain unaccounted for. "Women Are Gone" gives voice to the need for healing of the victims of the missing women's inquiry as well as affirms support for those suffering in the aftermath of loss and injustice.

"Women Are Gone" was recently composed and completed on 29 January 2016 inspired out of Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau's visionary capacity of listening for and to the voices of the ancestors. Elizabeth Carmack's hope as the artistic director of the Cambridge Music Conference is that Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau's new work catalyses an initiative of healing for other First Nations as an example of what is possible through affirming the spirituality, culture, music and language in other communities so painfully affected by the deaths of indigenous women and girls whose lives have been taken and are still unaccounted for. Endorsed and acknowledged by Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould writes: "I admire the work of Squamish Elder Wendy Charbonneau in recognizing this important issue..."

Rebuilding Our Humanity takes place 8:00pm, on 13th August 2016, at Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.


In collaboration with Encountering Our Humanity:


Download poster: Nigel Osborne's "Bar Elias Suite" 2016

Download poster: Wendy Charbonneau's "Women Are Gone" 2016