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.

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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.


Course Outline

Course Application Forms

To apply for admission to the course, please submit the form below. (Senior undergraduate students are also eligible to apply.)

* Grad Application.pdf
For graduate students
* Undergraduate Application.pdf
For undergraduate students

Graduate students in the following departments are pre-approved to register and do not need approval from your graduate program chair.

  • Education
  • Criminology
  • Psychology


The President's Dream Colloquium on Returning to the Teachings is generously funded by:



Video: The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke at SFU on January 23, 2016