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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 has released the Dialogue Report and Discussion Guide from the Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada community dialogue, highlighting principles to support the reconciliation of a broad range of historical and contemporary injustices in Canadian society. The dialogue was one of the most comprehensive events ever held in Canada to highlight the experience and expertise of stakeholders affected by injustice.

Highlighting the life and work of Chief Robert Joseph through video

This series of short videos developed by the Centre for Dialogue is now being used as an educational resource by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and local high schools. The videos include information about Chief Joseph’s childhood memories of Kwakwaka'wakw culture, experience at St. Michael's Indian Residential School and perspectives on reconciliation.

Reconciliation poems featured by Vancouver City Hall and subTerrain magazine

A series of reconciliation poems commissioned by the Centre for Dialogue have been displayed at Vancouver City Hall as part of the city's Year of Reconciliation and published in issue #67 of subTerrain magazine. The poems originally debuted on February 27, 2014 in partnership with Vancouver Public Library and are written by Jordan Abel, Joanne Arnott, Juliane Okot Bitek, Jordan Scott and Daniel Zomparelli.

Supporting reconciliation in BC’s education system

How can BC’s education system further support reconciliation among Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples? This was the question posed to students, instructors, and administrators at the SFU Reconciliation Workshop and Youth Voices on Reconciliation events. The resulting dialogue reports provide tangible ideas for action by SFU and Metro Vancouver high schools.