Carleton University’s Katherine Graham and Trent University’s David Newhouse will discuss “The promise of reconciliation: Will this time be different?” at the next Big Thinking Lecture. Hosted by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Big Thinking brings together leading researchers and decision-makers to discuss pressing policy issues facing Canada.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Where: Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Info: $25 and pre-registration is required. Complimentary for parliamentarians and the media. Breakfast is included and the event will take place in English, with simultaneous interpretation available via cellphone. RSVP at www.ideas-idees.ca/big-thinking.
Canada embarked on an official journey of reconciliation with the prime minister’s commitment to implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Recent changes in federal institutions that acknowledge Indigenous-Inuit-Crown relationships give cause for optimism. While the frame of reconciliation is new, the idea of a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples has been a recurring theme in Canadian policy since the 1970s. This presentation asks the question: will this time be any different?
Katherine Graham is a senior adviser to the Carleton provost and former dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs. Founding co-ordinator of the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples, she has worked in the field of Indigenous policy and administration for more than three decades. She served on the staff of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) and was the program co-chair (along with Prof. Newhouse) of the 2016 National Forum on Reconciliation that marked the 20th anniversary of the RCAP report.
David Newhouse is Onondaga from the Six Nations of the Grand River community near Brantford, Ont. He has been chair of Trent’s Department of Indigenous Studies, now the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, since 1993. His research explores the emergence of modern Aboriginal society, and he worked with RCAP’s policy team on economics and the National Aboriginal Benchmarking Committee of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board. He currently serves as science officer for the Aboriginal Peoples Health research committee for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
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