Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Guest Speaker: Kerr Cuhulain

We are pleased to announce that Kerr Cuhulain, internationally-acclaimed Wiccan authour, policeman and long-time Pagan organizer from British Columbia, has been confirmed as the Guest Speaker for the 2009 CNPC.

Kerr was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his religious beliefs. He has been Wiccan for 39 years and has been involved in anti-defamation activism and hate crimes investigation for the Pagan community since 1986. After 29 years of service, Kerr retired from the Vancouver police department in 2005.

Active in Pagan rights, Kerr is the former Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon , and was awarded the Shield of Valor by the Witches League for Public Awareness. He is the author of the Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick, Witch Hunts, and Magickal Self Defense, with more on the way. He also has a column on WitchVox.

Preliminary Events Outline

The organizing committees have more-or-less finished the big details. The conference site is secured, the guest speaker confirmed, and a block of rooms reserved for participants. Registration is underway, and information for vendors and about potential travel subsidies will be available soon.

Our next step is to start to work on the details. Here is how the long weekend is shaping up so far.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING– Registration, 4-7pm, welcoming remarks & opening ritual 7pm, followed by social activities.
SATURDAY AM – Guest speaker, Kerr Cuhulain
SATURDAY AFTERNOON – Academic stream and general panels
SATURDAY EVENING – To be determined
SUNDAY – Panels and workshops, music stream.
SUNDAY EVENING - Banquet and entertainment
MONDAY MORNING –AGM, elections, choosing the 2009 host city, and closing ritual.

The Vancouver team is currently looking at options for entertainment and panel discussion topics. Watch this spot for more details.

If you have a suggestions, we'd love to hear from you:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pre-registration, accommodation and vending

Some Q&A from recent discussions on the yahoogroup:

When can we register for the event and book accomodations?
We will be accepting registrations starting in November. There is a block of rooms pre-booked at the University of British Columbia. In addition to single room, several suites as well as wheelchair accessible rooms have also been reserved for our use in the same residence. The organizing committee will be grabbing one suite and setting up the "hospitality" there. Click here to book online directly with the University

Will vending be allowed and if so what restrictions might exist?
One of the three smaller meeting rooms across the hall from the main meeting room and beside the two other small meeting rooms will be reserved for venders. It'll be locked at night and unlocked in the morning so you'll be able to leave stuff out overnight. Nothing illegal, stinky, or really really big will be permitted. Details on the number of tables and costs will be posted soon. You can expect a regular sized table.

Sam Wagar
Chair, Vancouver in '09 Committee
Canadian National Pagan Conference