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Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada

The Centre for Dialogue has released the Dialogue Report and updated Discussion Guide from the Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada community dialogue, highlighting principles to support the reconciliation of a broad range of historical and contemporary injustices in Canadian society.

Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada was one of the most comprehensive events ever held in Canada to highlight the knowledge and expertise that stakeholders themselves bring to reconciling injustices. Included in the dialogue’s 109 participants were community leaders involved in the reconciliation of specific injustices, representatives from three levels of government, decision-makers from major institutions and members of the public.

Major themes from the Dialogue Report include:

  • Clarity of purpose about the intended beneficiaries of reconciliation and the roles of other stakeholders.
  • Addressing power structures through participatory decision making, balanced community representation and responsiveness to communities that lack political influence.
  • Developing shared values and intentions to create a focus on long-term relationships and outcomes rather than short-term political actions.
  • Acknowledgement, education and informed action, where governments take steps to communicate the full history and scope of past injustices without revisionism.
  • More than I’m Sorry, where governments demonstrate accountability by taking substantive actions to repair the harm resulting from past injustices.
  • A deep exchange of ideas and experiences, where opportunities exist for in-depth, two way communication between government and the affected community, space is available for communities to work through internal disagreement, and opportunities exist for affected individuals to tell their stories.

In addition to the Dialogue Report, the event speaker videos and updated Discussion Guide provide an ongoing educational reference about Canada’s response to historical and contemporary injustices.

Photos from the event:

Program made possible in part by contributions from:

Special thanks to event advisors Robert Daum, Larry Grant and Diana Juricevic.