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Campus (Re)Conciliations Conference

Mar. 23, 2023 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

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The Office of the Dean of Students at Victoria University is pleased to invite you to the Seventh Annual Campus (Re)Conciliations: Indigenous Issues in Higher Education Conference on Justice and Politics happening on March 23, 2023, in Alumni Hall – Victoria College Building.

This year, the conference will reflect on the intersectional issues of justice and politics in Canada and in higher education, where theoretical and policy decisions connect with practical concerns. The monumental labours of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission addressed the deep injustices of Canada’s residential schools system, leading to Calls to Action aimed at righting the scales of justice in Canada. However, the implementation of the Calls to Action, which would help us move toward reconciliation, continues to face difficult political hurdles. Justice hampered by politics is reconciliation denied; can we develop a politics that enables justice in order to advance toward reconciliation?                   

Join us for the Seventh Campus (Re)Conciliations Conference on Justice and Politics with guests Margaret Froh, president of Métis Nation of Ontario, Hayden King, executive director of the Yellowhead Insitute, Kimberly Murray, independent special interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves, and Iakoiehwahtha Patton, Victoria University student and Rhodes Scholar.

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8:30 – 9:15 A.M. – Registration and light breakfast

9:15 – A.M. – Opening Ceremony

  • Dorothy Peters, Elder and Traditional Teacher, Victoria University Advisory Circle

9:30 – A.M. – Welcome Remarks

  • Rhonda McEwen, President, Victoria University
  • Kelley Castle, Dean of Students, Victoria University

9:50 – A.M. – Land Acknowledgment

  • Shane Joy, HBA Candidate for History and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations and Vice-President of the Victoria University Students' Administrative Council

10:00 – 11:00 A.M. – Morning Keynote, followed by Q&A

  • Margaret Froh, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario

11:00 – 11:15 A.M. – Refreshment Break

11:15 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. “Treaties: Foundational Documents to the Settlement of Canada” Workshop and Q&A

  • John Croutch, Indigenous Training Coordinator, Office of Indigenous Initiatives, U of T

12:15 – 1:15 P.M. – Lunch Break (Tea n’ Bannock, Indigenous Cuisine)

1:15 – 2:15 P.M. – Afternoon Keynote, followed by Q&A

  • Iakoiehwahtha Patton, Student of Art History and Anthropology, member of the Conference Planning Committee and Rhodes Scholar

2:15 – 3:15 P.M.  – Tradition and Technology, Performance

  • Archer Pechawis, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Performance, York University

3:15 – 3:30 P.M. - Refreshment Break

3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. – Panel Discussion – Students, Leaders and Educators

  • Kimberly Murray, Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves
  • Hayden King, Assistant Professor and Advisor to the Dean of Arts on Indigenous Education, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Kiona Osowski (moderator), Ethics, Society and Law Student and member of the Conference Planning Committee

4:30 – 4:45 P.M. – Closing Remarks

  • Michael White, Director, First Nations House Indigenous Student Services at University of Toronto