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Prof. Jeremy Webber, Dean of Law at the University of Victoria, looked out at a packed room. Government officials, Indigenous and religious leaders, students and academics, and members of the community had gathered for a symposium on reconciliation between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of the country.…
The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the survivors of residential schools who testified before it, have helped to expand a national public conversation about reconciliation.
This includes how we understand our own history, the dynamics of individual and collective healing, the on-going social, cultural, political, and economic impacts of Canada’s history of colonization, and how to foster transformed and mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in this country. This conversation, and the work it demands, is complex, multi-layered, and touches all sectors of Canadian society.
Included in this work are unresolved issues about self-government, land rights, resource extraction, environmental protection, the well-being of children and families, gender equality, and policing – just to name a few. Many of these issues continue to be fraught with conflict, and few have been resolved satisfactorily through political or legal processes.…
The Role of the Sacred in Indigenous Law and Reconciliation
IdeasFest Event, in partnership with University of Victoria VP Research
Panel 1: Whose Reconciliation? Which Spirituality?
- Dr. Roshan Danesh (University of Victoria)
- Prof. Andrée Boisselle (York University)
- Prof. Pierrot Ross-Tremblay (Université Laurentienne)
Panel 2: Understanding the Past
- Prof. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (University of Victoria)
- Prof. Tolly Bradford (Concordia University)
- Dr. Chelsea Horton (University of Victoria)
Panel 3: Acting in the Present
- Prof. Gordon Christie (University of British Columbia)
- Prof. Hadley Friedland (University of Alberta)
- Prof. Sarah Hunt (University of British Columbia)
Panel 4: Imagining the Future
- Douglas White (Vancouver Island University)
- Prof. Sarah Morales (University of Ottawa)
- Robert Clifford (York University)