Chief Robert Joseph Tribute Video

Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue presents a tribute video for Chief Robert Joseph. Chief Joseph is the recipient of SFU's 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue for a lifetime of outstanding achievements promoting reconciliation among Canada's Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

Video Credits


Produced by SFU Creative Services and Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue. Some video footage and photographs contributed by:

- Department of Citizenship and Immigration - Information Division/Library and Archives Canada/PA-185533.
- Weatherby, Hugh photo, Vancouver public Library 38471
- Algoma University, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. 2010-007-002 (067).
- Canada's World, CC BY-NC 2.0:

- Algoma University, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. 2010-007-002 (068).
- David Stanley, CC BY 2.0:­/9413865210/
- Vancity Credit Union, "Vancity Stories of Impact -- Reconciliation Canada",
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, "Educating Our Youth",
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, "All Nations Canoe Gathering",
- Reconciliation Canada, "Walk for Reconciliation, A New Way Forward",
- City of Vancouver, Year of Reconciliation Announcement (unpublished).

Reconciliation with Chief Robert Joseph

2014 Jack P Blaney Award for Dialogue

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is pleased to have presented Chief Robert Joseph with the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. 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.

Between January and March 2014, SFU’s Centre for Dialogue and Chief Joseph hosted a series of community-engaged events to highlight and build upon concepts of reconciliation.


Identifying shared principles to support the reconciliation of injustices in Canadian society

The Centre for Dialogue will shortly publish a report and revised discussion guide from its Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada community dialogue. This dialogue was one of the most comprehensive events ever held in Canada to highlight the knowledge and expertise that stakeholders themselves bring to reconciling injustices.

Highlighting the life and work of Chief Robert Joseph through video

This series of short videos developed by the Centre for Dialogue has been used as a resource by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and includes information about Chief Joseph’s childhood memories of Kwakwaka'wakw culture, experience at St. Michael's Indian Residential School and perspectives on reconciliation.

Reaching new audiences through commissioned works of poetry

A series of reconciliation poems was commissioned by the Centre for Dialogue and debuted at Vancouver Public Library as part of the City of Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation. In addition, they have been displayed at Vancouver City Hall and SFU’s Belzberg Library, and are slated for publication in an upcoming issue of subTerrain magazine. Featuring authors Jordan Abel, Joanne Arnott, Juliane Okot Bitek, Jordan Scott and Daniel Zomparelli.

Identifying new ways for BC’s education system to support reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada and local partners, the Centre for Dialogue has documented the ideas of students, teachers/faculty members, and administrators to further support reconciliation within BC’s education system. The resulting reports focus on actionable ideas for Simon Fraser University and several Metro Vancouver school districts.