Chief Robert Joseph, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, Recipient of the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue
Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada
This full-day dialogue drew upon the knowledge and experiences of affected communities to identify shared principles and approaches to support the reconciliation of injustices in Canadian society. The dialogue hosted 120 community leaders involved in the reconciliation of specific injustices, government officials, decision-makers from major institutions and members of the public.
Participants worked together to define potential meanings for reconciliation, shared approaches that might be of interest to affected communities and collectively identified solutions for common challenges that occur during reconciliation efforts. The intended outcomes of the event were 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.
Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada was held by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue as part of the events associated with the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. Between January and March 2014, the Centre for Dialogue and award recipient Chief Robert Joseph will host a series of community-engaged events that highlight and build upon concepts of reconciliation.
Feature Speakers Included:
- Naveen Girn, cultural researcher for SFU’s Komagata Maru Journey project and community engagement specialist
- Judge Maryka Omatsu, Canada's first East Asian woman judge, key NAJC negotiator, 1988 Japanese Internment Redress Agreement, author of Bittersweet Passage.
- Dara Parker, Executive Director, QMUNITY, BC’s Queer Resource Centre
- Robbie Waisman, Buchenwald survivor, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre Speaker
- Dr. Henry Yu, UBC History Professor, Co-Chair of City of Vancouver's "Dialogues between Urban Aboriginal, First Nations, and Immigrant Communities" Project, 2010-2012
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