3rd Annual Building Reconciliation Forum: The Journey Toward a Reconciled Education System

The University of Manitoba is proud to host the 3rd Annual Building Reconciliation Forum November 8-9, 2017 when we will explore The Journey Toward a Reconciled Education System. The forum brings together leaders from universities, colleges and Indigenous communities to take action on reconciliation, creating meaningful and lasting institutional change.

Registration is now FULL. At this time, we are accepting names for the waiting list. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please email registrationcoordinator@plannersplus.ca with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Occupation
  • Organization
  • Email
  • Phone

If spaces become available you will be notified by Monday, October 30th.

Building Reconciliation Forum Schedule

*Schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

For information on the Indigenous Cultures on Campus: Building a Canadian Collaboratory event, please click here

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Building Reconciliation Forum Day 1

All events will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor UMSU University Centre at the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry Campus unless otherwise noted.

7:00 a.m.
Pipe Ceremony
Elder Mary Wilson
Location: Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Grand Entry
Greetings from the University of Manitoba: Dr. David T. Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor
Transfer Ceremony from the University of Alberta to the University of Manitoba

9:15 a.m.
Conference Overview: Dr. Lynn Lavallée, Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement), University of Manitoba

9:20 a.m.
Keynote: Reconciliaton is not just a word
Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux
It is critical to move from solely talking about the what's and how's of Canada's history, which clearly remain important, to discussing "why" it is important. How will we "manage" the potential outcomes of this conversation, inclusive of the reconcilable and the irreconcilable. How do we provide force of meaning to the kinds of interactions and relationships we are finally building across the country? How do we respond to a demographically growing, shifting, educated, and economically engaged Indigenous population? Reconciliation is not just a word, it is an action, one that will ultimately test the Canadian population in every sector.

10 a.m.
Session 1: Centring our Communities in our Physical Spaces
K. Jake Chakasim
Dr. Cary Miller
Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
Framing how landscape and structural architecture on campus communities may reflect Indigenous peoples and traditional territories.

11 a.m.
Nutrition Break

11:15 a.m.
Session 2: Presidents Forum: A Joint Session with Universities Canada
Remarks from Pari Johnston, Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs, Universities Canada
Dr. David T. Barnard
Dr. Richard Florizone
Dr. Ralph Nilson
Dr. Vianne Timmons

A panel discussion of university presidents. Questions to be explored: What are our commitments to Indigenous achievement? What are our challenges and opportunities?

12:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Session 3: Indigenous Student Perspectives
Laura Forsythe
Victoria E. McIntosh
Chance Paupanekis
Meaghan St. Germaine
Indigenous students share their experiences with university and their perspectives on reconciliation in post-secondary education.

2 p.m.
Session 4: Indigenous Knowledge and Research
Dr. Marcia Anderson
Dr. Margaret Kress

Exploring current and prospective impacts of research on the journey toward reconciliation.

3 p.m.
Nutrition Break

3:15 p.m.
Session 5: Survivor Perspectives on Reconciliation
Eugene Arcand
Terri Brown
Peter Irniq

Helene Johnson
Ted Quewezance
Barney Williams
Doris Young
Survivors gifted the country with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and the ongoing dialogue on reconciliation occurring in this country. This panel will explore how the Survivors Circle of the NCTR came to be and how perspectives such as theirs can guide reconciliation processes.

4:15 p.m. End of Day One

Optional Evening Event:
Guided tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
For those attending the optional guided tour of the Canadian Musuem for Human Rights (CMHR), buses will depart from the University of Manitoba for The Forks immediately following the end of day one. Participants will have time to have dinner on their own prior to the tour.

6:30 p.m. Optional tour of the CMHR

8:00 p.m. Buses depart the CMHR for conference hotels.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Building Reconciliation Forum Day 2

7:45 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking

8:40 a.m.
Elder reflections of Day One
Elder Marlene Kayseas
Elder Norman Meade

8:55 a.m.
Conference overview Day 2 - Dr. Lynn Lavallée, Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement), University of Manitoba

9:00 a.m.
Session 6: Indigenous Faculty Recruitment
Dr. Kristina Bidwell & Dr. Lawrence Martz
William G. Lindsay
Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murphy & Dr. Lynn Lavallée
Exploring the successes and challenges of initiatives aiming to increase the number of Indigenous faculty members at post-secondary institutions. What opportunities are there to collaborate and imrove recruitment efforts nationwide?

10:00 a.m.
Session 7: Institutional Development: Indigenous Leadership at Universities and Colleges
Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek
Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo
Kevin Lamoureux
Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann
How universities and colleges can advance Indigenous leadership and initiatives amongst senior administrator, faculty, staff and students.

11:00 a.m.
Nutrition Break

Session 8: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Introduction by Ry Moran, Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Brenda L. Gunn
The first principle of reconciliation is "the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the framework for reconciliation at all levels and across all sectors of Canadian society." This discussion will explore how the UNDRIP is an essential tool for the protection of Indigenous rights and will challenge us all to embrace the articles, both within post-secondary institutions and more broadly across Canadian society. this presentation will involve aspects of how UNDRIP may be conceptualized as well as how it may be implemented.

12:15 p.m.
Attendees will be given a "grab and go" lunch to enjoy outside of the forum room while it is re-arranged for the afternoon working session. During the break, optional tours of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge will be offered.

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Session 9: Working Session: Walk With Us
Facilitated by Gaa wii ji'i diyaang - University of Manitoba Allies Group
Using the World Café model, this working session will explore a variety of topics relating to how to be an ally to Indigenous people on campus, allyship and human resources training, and teaching colonization and Indigenous identities.

3:15 p.m.
Elder reflections on Forum

3:45 p.m.
Passing of the Stick Ceremony
Announcement of 2018 Host University

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Farewell reception
Location: Marshall McLuhan Hall, Room 204 UMSU University Centre
Music by Melissa St. Goddard


The 3rd Annual Building Reconciliation Forum will be held at the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry Campus. All plenary sessions will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room on the 2nd floor of  University Centre. The Farewell Reception will be held in Marshall McLuhan Hall, also on the 2nd floor of University Centre.

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Building Reconciliation Forum - Speaker Bios

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