Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue
Recognizing international achievement in dialogue
Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is pleased to announce that Chief Robert Joseph will be the recipient of the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. The award will recognize 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.
As Co-Chair of British Columbia’s September national Truth and Reconciliation event and Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, Chief Joseph led a historic effort to unite Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples for Reconciliation Week in September 2013. As a team organizer for the 70,000-person September 22 Walk for Reconciliation, SFU encouraged community members to show their support by participating in the walk.
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. In addition to the formal award ceremony, these will include:
Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada
Thursday, January 23, 2014. 9:00am - 4:30pm.
SFU Harbour Centre (public registration details to follow)
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 (public registration details to follow)
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.