- Climate Solutions
- Urban Sustainability
- Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access
- Reconciliation and Decolonization
- International Relations
- Health and Wellness
Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue
- 2019/20: Climate Change and Human Rights with Sheila Watt-Cloutier
- 2017/18: Peace, Pluralism and Gender Equality with Alice Wairimu Nderitu
- 2015/16: Climate Solutions with Tim Flannery
- 2013/14: Reconciliation with Chief Robert Joseph
- 2011/12: Twelve Days of Compassion with Karen Armstrong
- 2009/10: Widening the Circle with Liz Lerman
- 2005: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Right to Health with Mary Robinson
- 2002: Environmental Sustainability with Maurice Strong
- Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue
- Strengthening Canadian Democracy
- Dialogue and Engagement: Dr. Mark Winston
- SEMESTER IN DIALOGUE
- SFU COMMUNITY
2013/14: Reconciliation with Chief Robert Joseph
Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue presented Chief Robert Joseph with the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue in recognition for his tireless work to renew relationships among Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.
Chief Robert Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, and Special Advisor to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, among other distinctions. As Co-Chair of British Columbia’s September 2013 national Truth and Reconciliation event and Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, Chief Joseph led a historic effort to unite Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Events included a 70,000-person Walk for Reconciliation that brought Canada’s many cultures to walk a path together in a shared commitment to reconciliation.
Award Program Outcomes
- Developing shared principles to support the reconciliation of a broad range of historical and contemporary injustices in Canadian society, in conjunction with stakeholders affected by injustice.
- Highlighting the life and work of Chief Robert Joseph through a series of short videos, which have since been used as an educational resource by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and local high schools.
- Commissioning a series of reconciliation poems, originally presented in partnership with Vancouver Public Library and since featured in SubTerrain magazine and placed on display at Vancouver City Hall.
- Exploring the role of BC's education system in supporting reconciliation by engaging students, instructors and administrators at the SFU Reconciliation Workshop and Youth Voices on Reconciliation high school event.
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 have demonstrated excellence and accomplishments in using dialogue to further complex issues of public importance.