November 19 2015: From Reconciliation to the "Re-Confederation" of Canada - a Public Community Engagement Forum
7:00-9:00 pm in OVC Lifetime Learning Centre, Room 1714, 25 McGilvray St, Parking in P25
The historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission has awakened Canadians to the need for fundamental change in our relationship with indigenous communities. First Nations and progressive political leaders in Canada are increasingly calling for a "Nation to Nation" relationship. But what do these words mean? Canadian judges have consistently upheld Aboriginal rights and Aboriginal title and injected enormous content into section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. But how do the remarkable strides made by indigenous peoples in the courtroom translate in to changes on the ground? What will Canada look like if new governance arrangements emerge, reflecting a true partnership between indigenous Canadians and the broader Canadian society?
Please join in a discussion with a distinguished panel that will address the legal, social, economic and environmental implications that lie ahead for Canada. The dialogue will explore what "Re-Confederation" might look like and how a truly new relationship can transform Canada.
Miles Richardson is the former President of the Council of the Haida Nation. He was also the Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission and is currently the Director of the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development at the University of Victoria. in 2007, Mr. Richardson was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. He joins us from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii.
Murray Rankin, QC, MP was a treaty negotiator, counsel to several First Nations in British Columbia and Yukon and advised the Yukon on historic self-government legislation. He joins us from Victoria, BC.
Jeji Varghese, PhD is an environmental and resource sociologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph. Her teaching, research and service interests centre upon hearing and amplifying the diverse voices of the original peoples of this land by attempting to indigenize course content and to foster cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary understanding at the interface between multiple knowledge systems. She joins us from Guelph.
Sponsored by the Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance and the Aboriginal Resource Centre in the Office of Intercultural Affairs, University of Guelph