media release

Chief Joseph to receive Blaney Award

January 07, 2014

Robin Prest, Centre for Dialogue, 778.782.7885,
Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,


Chief Robert Joseph, Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Reconciliation Canada Ambassador, Special Advisor to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a survivor of the residential school system, will receive Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue on Jan 15. 

Last September, Chief Joseph helped inspire a rising national movement to revitalize the relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians with the Walk for Reconciliation, an event that attracted a crowd of 70,000 to march in downtown Vancouver.

Internationally, Chief Joseph has spoken at peace conferences and participated in delegations to the United Nations, Vatican City, Israel and Gaza, South Korea, Mongolia and other international sites.

The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented to an individual who exemplifies, internationally, the spirit and programs of SFU's Centre for Dialogue. Recipients of the award will have demonstrated excellence and accomplishments in using dialogue to further the understanding of complex issues of public importance.

Between January and March 2014, the Centre for Dialogue and Chief Joseph will host a series of community-engaged events that highlight and build upon concepts of reconciliation.

The events include a full-day dialogue on Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada, an SFU Reconciliation Workshop, Reconciliation Through Poetry, and Youth Voices on Reconciliation.

For the full list of related events for the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue, please visit the Centre for Dialogue website.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is 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 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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