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The Path to Reconciliation in Education and Community Work

Image: Ruins of the residential school in Spanish, Ontario

It’s downtime for many students and teachers as they take a welcome break for the summer. Before everybody gets into summer mode, we’d like to leave you with some important thoughts about education. Specifically about Reconciliation and the role that educators and community workers can play in bringing about justice for Canada’s Indigenous People, and how to move ahead with the important work of decolonizing our education system.

What you’re about to hear is a panel discussion held at this year’s Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College in Toronto. It was held on May 28, 2018. And, as in previous years, was a media sponsor of the annual event.

The panel you'll hear on today's program is called Path to Reconciliation in Education and Community Work.  Panelists discussed the meaning of reconciliation and the strategies and initiatives that have been undertaken by educational institutions and community agencies toward the deeper integration of Indigenous perspectives, practices, and pedagogies into the curriculum and culture of their organizations. 


Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, Director of Indigenous Initiatives, University of Toronto
Bill Lee, an Author who is also on faculty at Anishnawbe Health Toronto
Mark Solomon, Director, Student Life,Seneca College
Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives, Lakehead University)

Moderator: Susan Heximer, Chair, Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies at George Brown College

Thanks to Tommy Douglas Institute for inviting us to record this excellent discussion, and to Emily Parr for recording it for

Image – architectural ruins of the St. Joseph’s Residential School – Spanish, Ontario 

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