The Reconciliation Industry: Land Dispossession and Extractivism in An Age of Official Contrition

February 21, 2017

Martin Lukacs & Khelsilem

Tuesday, February 21, 6:00PM–8:00PM, Room 1800, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-presented by SFU's Institute for the Humanities and Media Mornings.

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG), SFU's First Nations Studies, SFU's Department of History, SFU's School of Public Policy, &

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Reconciliation has become the watchword of this era of relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. In part that's because the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has made important contributions to the public understanding of residential schools. But for the Canadian government and industry, what does the rise of reconciliation discourse entail? Is reconciliation a shape-shift in ongoing colonization? What kind of reconciliation is possible if the crime is still in progress?


Martin Lukacs is a journalist writing for the British Guardian and one of the authors and organizers of the Leap Manifesto. He has been involved with movements for social and ecological justice and collective liberation for fifteen years. He lives in Montreal.

Khelsilem hails from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-speaking communities of Xwmel̓ts’stn and Eslhá7an and the Kwak̕wala-speaking tribes of the Na̱mg̱is' and Ḵwiḵwa̱sut̓inux̱w. He grew up and lives in the city of Vancouver.  Khelsilem has worked with Indigenous communities in Canada to address the decline of their languages and is most known for his advocacy and activism with Indigenous language regeneration.