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.

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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Chief Robert Joseph

September 8, 2016

OBC, Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, and Special Advisor to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

September 22, 2016

Award-winning visual contemporary Haida artist, author, and professional speaker.

Wab Kinew

September 29, 2016

MLA for Fort Rouge in Manitoba, author, musician, broadcaster, Aboriginal leader.

Manulani Aluli-Meyer

October 13, 2016

EdD, Professor of Education at the University of Hawaii, Indigenous Epistemologist.

Stephen Reicher

October 27, 2016

PhD, Wardlaw Professor, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews.

Rupert Ross

November 3, 2016

QC, retired assistant Crown Attorney for the District of Kenora, Ontario, author, recipient of a National Prosecution Award for Humanitarianism.

Jennifer Llewelyn

November 10, 2016

Professor of Law; Viscount Bennett Professor of Law, Dalhousie University.

John Borrows

November 17, 2016

PhD, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law; Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership, University of Victoria; Visiting Professor, Beedie School of Business, SFU. 

Wade Davis

November 24, 2016

PhD, Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia.

Event videography provided by: Linda Hof and Brian Lee, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University