From left to right: Katherine Graham, Frances Abele and Ariel Root

Forum to Mark 20th Anniversary of Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

A timely public forum will explore the legacy and impact of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), which issued its final report 20 years ago, and how it can inform the reconciliation process following the report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015.

Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future – hosted by several organizations and academic institutions including Queen’s University and its School of Policy Studies – will take place Nov. 2-4 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The public forum will engage a wide range of participants through a series of keynote addresses and interactive sessions. The forum is intended to mobilize, explore, and extend knowledge available from RCAP and experience of the intervening years to advance reconciliation.

Carleton participants will include Katherine Graham, professor emerita in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA); Frances Abele, Professor of Public Policy and Administration. Graduate students include Charles Garay and Ariel Root, who are both pursuing their PhDs in SPPA

Program highlights:

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Opening Ceremony, 4-7 pm
Keynote address by Mark Dockstator, President, First Nations University of Canada,

Thursday, Nov. 3
Keynote panel, 12:15-12:45 pm
Remarks by RCAP Co-Chair René Dussault

Honoring Ceremony, 5:30-6:30 pm
Remarks by Marlene Brant Castellano, former Co-Director of Research for RCAP and current Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Council at Queen’s University, and Fred Wien, former Deputy Director for RCAP and current Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University.

Keynote address, 6:30 pm
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

Friday, Nov. 4
Plenary panel and closing ceremony, 8 am-12:45 pm
Remarks by Perry Bellegarde, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations, 8 am

Visit the Queen’s School of Policy Studies website for the complete agenda.

Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba
Media are asked to confirm their attendance.

Anne Craig
Media Relations Officer, Queen’s University
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