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Videos & Multimedia

Reflections on the Nature of Dialogue

Leading thinkers share their reflections on the nature of dialogue in citizen engagement, politics, community relationships and beyond. Featuring Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Mark L. Winston, Dave Meslin, Chief Robert Joseph and more.


Harcourt and Robertson: Then and Now.

Two Mayors Reflect on Vancouver's past, present and future.

SFU's Centre for Dialogue hosted a special conversation March 17, 2017 between Mayor Gregor Robertson and former Mayor Mike Harcourt as they discussed Vancouver's changes over the past 30 years.

Professor Tim Flannery: Climate Solutions
(2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue)


Chief Robert Joseph: Reconciliation
(2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue)

The Life and Work of Chief Robert Joseph

This video series highlights the life experiences and work of Chief Robert Joseph. Chief Joseph is the recipient of the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue for a lifetime of outstanding achievements promoting reconciliation among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada - Feature Speakers

The full-day Reconciling Injustices dialogue drew upon the knowledge and experiences of affected communities to identify shared principles and approaches to support the reconciliation of injustices in Canadian society. Featuring speakers Chief Robert Joseph, Judge Maryka Omatsu, Dara Parker, Robbie Waisman, Dr. Henry Yu and Naveen Girn.

Youth Voices on Reconciliation Graphic Recordings

Youth Voices on Reconciliation was a day-long dialogue for students, teachers and administrators to discuss the role of the high school system in creating reconciliation among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. A major output was a list of actionable ideas generated by participants for their districts and schools to consider for implementation.

Graphic Recording: Chief Robert Joseph Keynote (credit Avril Orloff,
Graphic Recording: Youth Voices on Reconciliation (credit Avril Orloff,

Building a Culture of Participation with Dave Meslin

Centre for Dialogue guest Dave Meslin explores opportunities for building a culture of participation, where citizens provide active input into government decision making.

Karen Armstrong: 12 Days of Compassion
(2012 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue)

Video Highlights

The video record of Karen Armstrong's 12 Days of Compassion, as part of Simon Fraser University's 2012 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. Video highlights include the inaugural State of the Charter for Compassion address, a public lecture titled What is Religion?, and the award ceremony.

Additional Multimedia Highlights

Audio: CBC Radio: Karen Armstrong and 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life (1:02:35)
Graphic Recording: Working Compassion Keynote (credit Avril Orloff,
Graphic Recording: Working Compassion Panel (credit Avril Orloff,

Link Dance Foundation

Performances of Experiments and Symbiotic by Link Dance. These events were held in partnership with Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue and Choreographer Gail Lotenberg, who served as the Centre for Dialogue's inaugural Artist in Residence.

Mary Robinson: Corporate Social Responsibility
(2009 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue)

Mary Robinson is one of the world’s leading advocates for human rights and the recipient of Simon Fraser University’s 2005 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. Video highlights include a tribute video, acceptance speech and roundtable dialogue.

Various Public Lectures

Moving in Metro: A Discussion on Mobility Pricing in Metro Vancouver

Avi Friedman: Thinking Outside the Box on Affordable Housing

Riots and Restorative Justice with Dr. Theo Gavrielides

The Age of Unequals with Richard Wilkinson