truth and reconciliation

15th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, March 10-11, 2017.

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Revitalizing, Remembering, and Retelling for Reconcili-Action

Friday, March 10, 2016  5:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 11, 2016  9:00 am – 5:00 pm,


This event will take place at SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlil̓wətaʔɬ First Nations


Friday Evening Speaker – Khelsilem (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Language Teacher, Kwi Awt Stelmexw)

Saturday Key Note Speaker – Chief Robert Joseph (Reconciliation Canada Ambassador)


In the era of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action – including calls for universities to act – we ask symposium attendees and presenters to consider the following theme: ‘Revitalizing, Remembering, and Retelling for Reconcili-Action’. This year the Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) invites submissions that explore transformation through ‘Reconcili-Action’ by thinking about how research interacts with the TRC Calls to Action and how this process shapes research and experiences in the academy. 

Please let us know if you have any questions:

Hosted by the IGSS Planning Committee & SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement)

Simon Fraser University, The University of British Columbia and SAGE Partnership

Truth Before Reconciliation: Reframing/Resisting/Refusing Reconciliation. 6-8pm, March 10, 2017

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Truth Before Reconciliation: Reframing/Resisting/Refusing Reconciliation March 10th, 2017


  • While much academic and public discourse since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) final report has and continues to emphasize reconciliation, there is also deep skepticism about a process of reconciling that so readily glosses over truth-telling. Centering the truth as it relates to the TRC is essential to any meaningful processes of reconciliation in Canada. The inspiration for focusing on truth in this context comes from Dr. Sarah Hunt’s response to Senator Murray Sinclair at an event hosted at Green College at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in March 2016. Dr. Hunt is Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw) and Assistant Professor of Critical Indigenous Geographies and First Nations and Indigenous Studies at UBC.


Speakers: Patricia M. Barkaskas and Sarah Hunt and the event will take place on Friday March 10th from 6-8pm in room 1900 at the SFU Harbour Centre. This event is free but registration is required. The registration portal will open on February 24th.

The Reconciliation Industry: Land Dispossession and Extractivism in an Age of Official Contrition. 6-8pm, Feb 21, 2017.

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The Reconciliation Industry: Land Dispossession and Extractivism in an Age of Official Contrition Tuesday, February 21st, 2017


  • Reconciliation has become the watchword of this era of relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. In part that’s because the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has made important contributions to the public understanding of residential schools. But for the Canadian government and industry, what does the rise of reconciliation discourse entail? Is reconciliation a shape-shift in ongoing colonization? What kind of reconciliation is possible if the crime is still in progress?


Speakers: Martin Lukacs and Khelsilem and the event will take place on Tuesday, February 21st from 6-8pm in room 1800 at the SFU Harbour Centre. This event is free but registration is required. Please click on the link for more information.

Call for Nominations to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Survivors Circle. Due: Sept 2, 2016

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Call for Nominations to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Survivors Circle
Between the dates of July 18th and September 2nd, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will be accepting nominations for the Survivors Circle. This call for nominations follows the successful creation of the NCTR Governing Circle.

ConstitutionMirroring the Governing Circle, the Survivors Circle will be composed of seven members, each serving two-year terms capable of renewal.

Travel, expenses, and a modest honorarium related to participation in the Circle will be provided by the Centre.

Members of the Circle should be prepared to work in a spirit of collaboration with the staff of the Centre, the University, the Governing Circle, and other Partners of the Centre.


The Survivors Circle will provide advice and guidance to the NCTR and the Governing Circle on a range of topics including, but not limited to:

• Respectful care of the documents and statements collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)
• Survivor perspectives on personal privacy and access to records
• Commemorative initiatives as they relate to the Centre’s activities

Members of the Circle may also be called upon to make speaking visits to schools, universities, and other organizations in addition to acting as a representative of the Centre on occasion.


First Nations, Inuit, and Métis organizations, groups, communities, and individuals may nominate individuals to the Survivors Circle.

Survivors may also nominate themselves.

For organizations submitting nominations, nominators should confirm the individual is willing and able to accept nomination to the Committee prior to submitting names to the Nominating Committee for review.

Each nomination should consist of:

• A brief biography or resume of the individual
• A brief statement on why the individual nominated would make a good addition to the Circle.
• For Survivors nominating themselves, a short bio and explanation of why you wish to be considered.
• One or more letters of support

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by the NCTR Governing Circle.

The Governing Circle will have sole discretion to appoint the members of the Survivors Circle and will make an effort to balance cultures, languages, gender, and geographic spread in their selection.


Members will be appointed for a duration of two years with the potential to renew this appointment.

Submission of Names

Please send nomination submissions no later than September 2nd 2016 to


All submissions will be treated with the utmost of confidence.

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) Social Work, Catholic University of America.

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The Catholic University of America National Catholic School of Social Service Washington, DCAssistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

Derived from the mission of The Catholic University of America and values of the social work profession, the m i s s i o n o f t h e National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) is to educate students from diverse faiths and cultures who, in their professional endeavors, embody the values of social justice, service, and scholarship. This mission is grounded in the justice and charity foundation of Catholic social teachings and the tradition of a modern university that welcomes all forms of human inquiry.

In 1918, the National Catholic School of Social Service was founded by the Catholic Church in the United States to provide a Catholic response to social problems in society. The doctoral program, established in 1934, is the third oldest social work doctoral program in the world. NCSSS , fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, a l s o provides a master’s degree in social work, and bachelor’s degree in social work.

Today, NCSSS is ranked by the US News and World Report in the top 50 schools of social work. Further, the School is proud to be ranked the #1 Catholic and #2 Christian school of social work in the world. The school’s online MSW program is ranked #4. Clearly, excellence in scholarship, education, and service by NCSSS faculty is a hallmark of the school.

We seek candidates who understand, are enthusiastic about, and will make a significant contribution to the mission of the University, which reads as follows:

“As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.”

Essential Duties: (1) Teach clinical social work practice courses in the BSW and MSW programs, including advanced theory courses. (2) Actively participate in one of the NCSSS research centers and collaborate in the development of research projects and grants; (3) Serve as a mentor and advisor to students; (4) Serve on school and university committees; and (5) Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: MSW and PhD in Social Work, with eligibility for licensure as an LCSW, and evidence of successful teaching experience in a social work program. Strong understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and the Catholic Moral Tradition.

Mission Statement. The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church and was founded as a center of research and scholarship. We seek candidates who will make a significant contribution to the mission and goals of the University and NCSSS.

Applicants are urged to review the University Mission Statement on our website: Candidates will be expected to provide a written statement to Dean Rainford reflecting how their academic and professional goals fit with the mission of the university and the school, with specific attention to the University mission statement.

The National Catholic School of Social Service has a longstanding commitment to enhancing diversity, therefore we strongly encourage applications from people from underrepresented groups.

Applicant finalists who are being considered for employment will be asked to submit to a criminal background check.

All interested and qualified candidates, please submit a CUA Application for Employment, cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references to: Dean Will C. Rainford, The Catholic University of America, NCSSS, 620 Michigan Avenue, Washington, DC 20064. You may also apply by e-mail to: Reviewof applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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‘We’re failing aboriginal students’: U of S chancellor

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The University of Saskatchewan hopes to answer the calls to action laid out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report by hosting a national forum on aboriginal education.

“Building Reconciliation” runs Wednesday and Thursday and brings together 180 university presidents, political leaders and educators from across Canada to discuss post-secondary education for indigenous students. Among the report’s recommendations are calls to establish degrees in aboriginal languages; provide adequate funding for the backlog of aboriginal students seeking higher education; and offer support for educators to incorporate more traditional knowledge and teaching methods in the classroom.

Featured speakers included Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair, among other prominent leaders and educators. Read more…

First Nations’ perspective on history, food, and health

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Centennial Dialogues on Critical Issues in Land and Food Systems: First Nations’ perspective on history, food, and health. (Continuing the Dialogue on Truth and Reconciliation)

Shortly after WWII, when knowledge about nutrition was still sparse, scientists in Canada took advantage of Aboriginal children in Indian Residential Schools (IRS) by using them as unknowing research subjects to investigate the effects of different diets and withholding dietary supplements. Evidence of these government-sanctioned experiments was recently published by food historian and UBC History alumnus Ian Mosby, and received widespread media attention across Canada. Now under the spotlight, attempts have been made to reconcile these past actions, provide support to survivors who were subjects in the experiments, and find ways to move toward a more civilized society for everyone in Canada.

The aftermath of these experiments still has an effect today in the lives of IRS survivors and inter-generational IRS survivors. Join us for a panel discussion about this dark era in Canadian history. Find out how UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems is working to address issues such as access to healthy food, food sovereignty, traditional food, food security for all and land stewardship.


Friday, October 17th 2014
12:30pm to 2:30pm (Program 12:30-2:00pm; Reception 2:00-2:30pm)
The reception from will be catered by the Feast Bowl (


UBC First Nations Longhouse
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall
1985 West Mall
Vancouver, BC

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