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Aboriginal Speakers Series at Douglas College

Douglas College is hosting a series of speakers on topics related to aboriginal experiences living in a settler society. The overarching theme is reconciliation. The website for the series provides some detail and context:

Reconciliation is about recognizing the terrible injustices that have been inflicted on Aboriginal people in the past …

Reconciliation is about forging future relationships with Aboriginal peoples that respect their culture, traditions and cosmology. It means finding lasting solutions to land claims and other outstanding settlements …

Reconciliation is also about appreciating the depth and range of the diversity that exists among the many peoples of the province of British Columbia.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Tuesday, February 26
Opening remarks by The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
Chief Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
John McCandless, Executive Director, The People Together Foundation
Alan McMillan, Faculty Emeritus, Anthropology Department, Douglas College
Chief Rhonda Larrabee, New Westminster Band, Qayqayt First Nation

Tuesday, March 4

Tony Penikett, a former Yukon premier who was also deputy minister of negotiations for the British Columbia government. He’s been involved in Aboriginal rights negotiations for over twenty years and his book Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making in British Columbia is a seminal critique of the treaty process.

Tuesday, March 11

Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn, a SFU professor of archeology and First Nations studies and co-author with Alan McMillan of the textbook First Peoples in Canada. His research has focused on examining the experience of Aboriginal people in the modern world and their struggle to promote cultural diversity in a homogeneous society.

Tuesday, March 18
Jessie Sutherland, Director of Worldview Strategies and a consultant in cross-cultural communication, community development, international affairs, and conflict resolution, and she authored “Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.”

Tuesday, March 25

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

All talks are at 2:30p. The first event, on February 26, is in the Douglas College Performing Arts Theatre. All other talks are in Room 1606. They are open to the public.

The talks will be streamed live on the internet at 2:30p Pacific Standard Time. I will update the link here when it is finalized, although it will likely be available from the front page of the Douglas College website.

A permanent website devoted to the topic, and where the speeches will be archived, will be up shortly.

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