Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue
Recognizing international achievement in dialogue
Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is pleased to have presented Chief Robert Joseph with the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue on January 15, 2014. This award recognizes Chief Joseph’s tireless work to renew relationships among Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, built on a foundation of openness, dignity, understanding and hope.
Chief Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, a Member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elder Council, and a Special Advisor to both Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Indian Residential School Resolutions Canada.
Last September, Chief Joseph helped inspire a rising national movement to revitalize the relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians with the Walk for Reconciliation, an event that attracted a crowd of 70,000 to march in downtown Vancouver.
Internationally, Chief Joseph has spoken at peace conferences and participated in delegations to the United Nations, Vatican City, Israel and Gaza, South Korea, Mongolia and other international sites.
The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented to an individual who exemplifies, internationally, the spirit and programs of SFU's Centre for Dialogue. Recipients of the award will have demonstrated excellence and accomplishments in using dialogue to further the understanding of complex issues of public importance.
Between January and March 2014, SFU’s Centre for Dialogue and Chief Joseph will host a series of community-engaged events that highlight and build upon concepts of reconciliation. These include:
Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada
Thursday, January 23, 2014. 9:00am - 4:30pm.
SFU Harbour Centre
Registration and watilist has reached capacity.
This full-day dialogue will draw upon the knowledge and experiences of affected communities to identify shared principles and approaches that can support the reconciliation of injustices in Canadian society. Included in the dialogue will be 120 community leaders involved in the reconciliation of specific injustices, government officials, decision-makers from major institutions and members of the public.
Participants will work together to define potential meanings for reconciliation, share approaches that might be of interest to affected communities and collectively identify solutions for common challenges that occur during reconciliation efforts. The intended outcomes of the event are to support participants in their ongoing work on reconciliation initiatives, to increase public awareness of our shared Canadian history, and to create a body of knowledge for stakeholders to consider when working towards reconciliation.
SFU Reconciliation Workshop
This 1 ½ day invitational workshop will build upon SFU’s ongoing contributions to reconciliation, including the university’s recent participation in the September 2013 Truth and Reconciliation events. Program elements will include storytelling, background on Aboriginal and Canadian history, small group discussions to share personal experiences, and brainstorming actionable ideas for SFU in support of its formal commitment to “honour the history, culture, and presence of Aboriginal peoples.”
Reconciliation through Poetry
Thursday February 27, 2014. 7pm-9pm
Vancouver Public Library
Admission is free. No registration required but seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
This public event, held in partnership with Vancouver Public Library, will help to spread ideas of reconciliation to new audiences through poetry. The Centre for Dialogue has commissioned poets Jordan Abel, Joanne Arnott, Juliane Okot Bitek, Jordan Scott and Daniel Zomparelli to write poems about reconciliation from diverse perspectives. Program elements will include a short address by Chief Joseph, the world premiere of the commissioned poems, dialogue among the poets and Chief Joseph and facilitated audience participation.
Youth Voices on Reconciliation
This one-day invitational workshop will bring together 150 student leaders, teachers and administrators to discuss the role of the school system in promoting understanding and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities (grades 10-12). The event will include presentations on Aboriginal and Canadian history, targeted breakout streams for each participant group, the recording of ideas for concrete action, and an opportunity for students to present their experiences directly to teachers and administrators.