President's Dream Colloquium on Returning to the Teachings: Justice, Identity and Belonging
“Let us find a way to belong to this time and place together. Our future, and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.”
– Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C.
We are witnessing dramatic shifts in the landscape of Indigenous relations in Canada. The recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) created challenging and inspiring opportunities for all of us.
The TRC issued 94 Calls to Action, with a number of the recommendations specific to institutions of higher education. The call is to work with Indigenous peoples to incorporate Indigenous knowledges and ways of learning through the eyes of local traditional knowledge keepers and elders, to inform intercultural learning and social healing.
You are invited to join us for an exciting two-eyed seeing speaker series and graduate course that will explore justice, identity and belonging in the context of Education for Reconciliation.
Returning to the Teachings: Justice, Identity and Belonging in the 21st Century
Justice, identity and belonging are central indicators of health and well-being. Founded on the ideal of a pluralistic society, Canada faces significant equity challenges in upholding the health and well-being of a diverse range of social groups.
This is particularly true for First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, who face disproportionate challenges within Canada’s education, health, economic, environmental and justice systems. These institutional pillars tragically have failed to serve the Indigenous Peoples of this land, for by holding up the State, the strength of these institutional pillars has weakened the cultural and relational roots of ancient worldviews, wisdoms and traditional societies.
Through ceremony, public lectures and dialogue, this President’s Dream Colloquium will cultivate an ecology for “a new way forward.” The intention is to create a rich experience of knowledge mobilization, diverse community engagement and capacity building for a new vision. The colloquium is born out of our right to dream for the rights of future generations, and for us to reimagine and enact a new reality for them.
- Chief Robert Joseph, OBC, Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, and Special Advisor to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Chief Robert Joseph will be delivering the opening address on Thursday September 8, 2016, 3:30–5:30 pm. Please reserve your seats online.
- Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Award-winning visual contemporary Haida artist, author, and professional speaker. Thursday, September 22, 2016, 3:30–5:30 pm. Please reserve your seats online.
- Wab Kinew, MLA for Fort Rouge in Manitoba, author, musician, broadcaster, Aboriginal leader. Thursday, September 29, 7–9 pm in downtown Vancouver. Please reserve your seats online.
- Manulani Aluli-Meyer, EdD, Professor of Education at the University of Hawaii, Indigenous Epistemologist. Thursday October 13, 2016, 3:30–5:30 pm. Please reserve your seats online.
- Stephen Reicher, PhD, Wardlaw Professor, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews. Thursday, October 27, 3:30–5:30 pm. Please reserve your seats online.
- Rupert Ross, QC, retired assistant Crown Attorney for the District of Kenora, Ontario, author, recipient of a National Prosecution Award for Humanitarianism. Thursday November 3, 2016, 3:30–5:30 pm. Please reserve your seats online.
- Jennifer Llewellyn, Professor of Law; Viscount Bennett Professor of Law, Dalhousie University. Thursday November 10, 2016, 3:30–5:30 pm. Please reserve your seats online.
- John Borrows, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law; Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership, University of Victoria; Visiting Professor, Beedie School of Business, SFU. Thursday November 17, 2016, 3:30–5:30 pm. Please reserve your seats online.
- Wade Davis, PhD, Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Thursday, November 24, 2016, 3:30–5:30 pm. Please reserve your seats online.
- Closing Honouring Ceremony. Thursday, December 1, 3:30-5:30 pm, SFU Faculty of Education Learning Hub, Room 8620, Education Building, Burnaby campus). Please reserve your seats online.
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To register for the course, please download the appropriate course application form (see right column of this page), collect the appropriate signatures, and return to the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows, MBC 1100.
Additional training: Graduate students registered within the Program will receive training as Reconciliation Ambassadors through Reconciliation Canada, over consecutive weeks.
- Borrows, John, (2016) Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (Univ. of Toronto Press)
- Cajete, Greg, (2015) Indigenous Community: Rekindling the Teachings of the Seventh Fire (Living Justice Press)
- Davis, Wade (2009). The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World (House of Anansi)
- Kinew, Wab (2015). The Reason you Walk (Penguin Canada)
- Ross, Rupert (2015) Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths (Penguin Canada)
- Hasebe-Ludt, E., Chambers, C., & Leggo, C. (2009). Life writing and literary métissage as an ethos for our times. (Peter Lang)
Course Application Forms
To apply for admission to the course, please submit the form below. (Senior undergraduate students are also eligible to apply.)
For graduate students
For undergraduate students
Graduate students in the following departments are pre-approved to register and do not need approval from your graduate program chair.
The President's Dream Colloquium on Returning to the Teachings is generously funded by:
- SFU President’s Office
- Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows, SFU
- Faculty of Education
- SFU Vancouver
- Office for Aboriginal Peoples
Video: The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke at SFU on January 23, 2016