What are some next steps towards ‘Reconciliation’ for individual Canadians?
Monday, May 7, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
251 Dundas St
Do you want to see reconciliation in Canada? What actions are you taking personally? Welcome to a discussion about how non-indigenous Canadians might take practical steps towards reconciliation — with a careful, critical analysis of some of the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences that emerge along the way. We are bringing together a panel to discuss three crucial themes:
- If reconciliation ultimately involves political activity, how could and should non-indigenous people engage politically on issues that affect First Nations, Inuit, and Métis?
- How do non-indigenous people strike a balance between advocating for indigenous rights without speaking on behalf of indigenous people? And how do non-indigenous people avoid speaking on behalf of indigenous community without imposing the burden of endless consultancy or ‘tokenizing’ indigenous participation?
- How do non-indigenous people support the vision and ethos of reconciliation without turning it into yet another tool of colonization?
Come explore some challenging and difficult ‘what next?’ questions about reconciliation in Canada. How does reconciliation influence my politics? How can I learn more about the indigenous experience in Canada? Where and how can we create opportunities to break bread together?
Joe Anton is from the Oneida Nation of the Thames. He is the father of two beautiful children with his partner Ashley. He is a registered social worker, and currently works at the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) as a counselor, while also actively engaging in systems change work to create more equitable systems for Indigenous people. Other areas of expertise include youth leadership, community development, and addictions and mental health.
Cindy Smithers Graeme holds a PhD in Indigenous Health from Western University. Her areas of interest include the Indigenous determinants of health, urban Indigenous health, and the potential of research to support processes of reconciliation. Cindy has worked with a number of Indigenous organizations and initiatives in and around the city of London including the Interdisciplinary Initiative (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship (Western University), the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, Wulaawsuwiikaan Healing Lodge, and most recently, to support a participatory action research project focusing on boys and men’s mental wellness in Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. She lives in London with her husband and10 year old son.
Luke Nicholas, one of Canada’s youngest First Nations elected officials, has been involved in municipal, provincial, and federal politics since he was elected to the Oneida Council at age 18. Over the past decade, Luke has provided professional advice and leadership in building bridges between governments and stakeholders, designing public advocacy campaigns, and offering his insights on effective negotiation to industry executives, board members, and community leaders.
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