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Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future



Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm


Taylor Institute - 160

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What kind of a nation are we? What kind of a nation do we want to be in the next 150 years?  

The 2015 Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has challenged all Canadians to work towards reconciliation in the context of renewed, respectful relationships between peoples. This was also a central theme of the report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), which will have its 20th anniversary this year.

This half day public forum at Congress 2016 aims to foster an informed public dialogue on reconciliation, the role of the humanities and social sciences in this process, and explore in depth four key areas for forward action.  

The event features:

  • opening and welcome by Marlene Brant Castellano, Professor Emerita, Trent University ; Co Chair, Oversight Committee for the RCAP Anniversary Initiative and Stephen Toope, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • a key note address by Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and member Board of Directors, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • a panel for sharing lessons among social sciences and humanities practitioners from the six co –sponsoring scholarly associations
  • small group discussions on four key themes each led by a noted scholar :
    • i) Negotiating nation to nation relationships over four centuries (Mark Dockstator, president of First Nations University of Canada);
    • ii) “Being alive well” Reconciliation and the well-being of Indigenous children (Cindy Blackstock
    • iii) Indigenizing education in Canada from early childhood to post graduate (Jan Hare, Professor of Indigenous Education UBC. Paper co-authored with Jo-Ann Archibald, Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, UBC.)
    • iv) The power of the arts in healing and reconciliation (Jonathan Dewar, Director of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and Special Advisor to the President at Algoma University).

A background paper is being prepared for discussion at each workshop.

A light breakfast will be provided.

Collaborating organizations:

  • Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
  • Canadian Association for  Studies in Indigenous Education ( CASIE)
  • Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE)  
  • Canadian Historical Association (CHA)
  • Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA)
  • Canadian Sociological Association (CSA )      
  • Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future, An RCAP 20th Anniversary Project 
  • Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences