2019 Grace MacInnis Visiting Scholar Lecture: "Reconciliation in Canada: A Non-Partisan Affair"

September 09, 2019

Dr. Marie Wilson

Monday, September 9, 6:00PM–8:00PM, Room 1420–1430 Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities


The historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada drew this country to attention for much of the past decade following more than a century of forced residential schooling for Indigenous children. The Commission concluded in 2015 with 94 highly publicized "Calls to Action” addressing all sectors of society, and an assertion that the hard work of reconciliation was just beginning. In this year’s Grace MacInnis Award lectureship, the TRC’s lone female commissioner, Dr. Marie Wilson, will reflect on the work of the Commission, the momentum of Reconciliation, and the role of political leadership in ensuring its continuation.


Marie Wilson, C.M., O.N.W.T., M.S.C., a Commissioner of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2009-2015), has been an award-winning journalist, trainer, federal and territorial executive manager, high school teacher in Africa, university lecturer, and consultant. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she has served as 2016 Professor of Practice at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development, and a Mentor for the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. Ms. Wilson currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC-Radio-Canada) and the Rideau Hall Foundation. As a prominent public speaker throughout Canada and internationally, she brings acknowledged expertise on the successes and challenges of advancing reconciliation. 

Ms. Wilson holds honorary degrees from six Canadian universities, and in additional to several professional awards, is the recipient of the Order of the Northwest Territories, the Order of Canada, and the Meritorious Service Cross. She and her husband, Stephen Kakfwi, have three children and four grandchildren…her most valuable achievements!