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Reconciliation and the Academy: Building a social movement



Saturday, May 30, 2015, 13:30 - 15:00


Jock-Turcot UCU/Terminus

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The core roles of education, research, and community service in academic institutions and associations of higher learning provide an ideal environment for advancing equity, diversity, knowledge, and innovation.  This panel asks how the Academy can join the growing social movement for reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.  How can academic organizations learn from the past to promote a holistic, inclusive, non-discriminatory approach to work within and outside the academy? What efforts and structural interventions are needed to respect rights, diverse cultures and self-determination?

Panelists will discuss their experiences within the Academy towards reconciliation and accepting diversity, and share information about policy structures and research supporting this movement, which has at its core community-developed visions for the future.

The session will open with remarks from Ottawa area youth: Raiyah Patel and Theland Kicknosway. Responding panelists are Dr. Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and Director for Equity and Diversity on the Board of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Imam Dr. Zijad Delic, an academic and religious authority on Islam, and Dr. Tracy Coates from the Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies. The panel will be moderated by CBC journalist Waubgeshig Rice.

This event is co hosted by the University of Ottawa Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Complimentary refreshments will be served.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission also invites Congress participants to participate in public events in Ottawa as part of closing ceremonies May 31- June 3. See here for more information.