The 6th annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College is pleased to announce Senator Murray Sinclair as its keynote speaker on Community, Education, Change – KIHKINOOHAMAAKEWIN: Indigenous Ways of Knowing.
In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, led by Senator Sinclair, set out 94 Calls to Action to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation”. Challenging government to move from recommendation to action, from conciliation to reconciliation and from apology to policy, the calls of the TRC are historic for a number of reasons. They are about honouring agreements with Indigenous Peoples nation-to-nation and committing to those agreements nation-to-world. They are about addressing the desperate imbalance of populations overrepresented in child welfare and prison systems, but less present in higher education and positions of governance and decision-making. They are about rejecting the silencing of Indigenous histories and cultures, repairing the gaps between mainstream knowledge and Indigenous ways of knowing, and providing the resources, respect and collaboration needed to do so. ...
For those of us working in mainstream education, social and community services, redress means facing up to truths about the institutions in which we teach, learn and work. Reconciliation means...
understanding the importance of Indigenous worldviews and principles of reconciliation for our schools and communities;
radically rethinking the norms and ideas at the core of mainstream education, service delivery and community organizing;
moving away from the stop-gap measures of token diversity and inclusion; and
creating deeply inclusive educational and community spaces that honour and integrate the knowledge, contributions and potential of Indigenous Peoples.. for the benefit of all peoples.
In these times of massive income inequality, rising fascism, increasing militarism and irreversible climate change, isn’t it time to reconcile ourselves to an Indigenous worldview which holds that there is life in everything and connection between all things? Would this not foster an ethics of solidarity and shared purpose needed to rebuild our relationships to our communities, to our planet and to each other?
Through a day of compelling presentations, interactive exhibits, performances and talking circles; the 6th annual Tommy Douglas Institute invites educational communities, wider communities and the public to join us in exploring education, community and change through Indigenous ways of knowing.
This is about all of us.
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