media release

Reconciliation Canada’s Chief Joseph to receive Blaney Award

September 16, 2013

Robin Prest, SFU Centre for Dialogue, 778.782.7885,
Scott McLean, PAMR, 778.782.3929,

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Reconciliation Canada Ambassador, will receive the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue from Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue in January of 2014.

The award acknowledges the efforts of Chief Joseph to renew and reconcile relationships among Canada’s Aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples, as well as his work in bridging the differences brought about by intolerance and racism on an international level.

In addition to his role as Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador, Chief Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Ambassador for 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.

The Jack P. Blaney award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated, internationally, excellence in the use of dialogue to further the understanding of complex and profound public issues. Past recipients include Charter for Compassion founder Karen Armstrong, MacArthur “Genius” choreographer Liz Lerman, and former UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Mary Robinson.

Reconciliation Canada is a charitable project established as a collaboration between the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society and Tides Canada Initiatives Society. It aims to bring communities together to understand one another’s shared history, engage people from all levels of society in dialogues about reconciliation, and catalyze a new way forward for Aboriginal peoples and Canadians.

Reconciliation Week begins on September 16, culminating with the Walk for Reconciliation on September 22. To sign up for SFU’s team at the Walk for Reconciliation, click here.

From January until March 2014, Chief Joseph and SFU’s Centre for Dialogue will host a series of public programs focused on the topic of reconciliation.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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