Aboriginal Peoples Week: Building Reconciliation



The second annual Aboriginal Peoples Week at Memorial University will take place from March 20-24, 2017. The theme of this year’s series of events is Building Reconciliation.

The week will begin with a public event on Monday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Innovation Hall, IIC-2001. Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, will open the event. Chief Mi’sel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation will deliver an address, followed by a keynote presentation by Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, associate vice-president of academic and Indigenous programs at Laurentian University. This free event is open to the public.

The rest of the week will feature sessions and events to celebrate Aboriginal peoples and cultures, and four themed mini forums with thought leaders who will guide participants in discussion about what building reconciliation should look like at Memorial, and how the university can respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) calls to action.

The forums, which will be similar in format to the two successful National Building Reconciliation forums that have taken place since the release of the TRC Report, will focus on relevant themes and will include brief presentations from two thought leaders followed by roundtable discussions with forum participants, including faculty, staff, students and representatives from Aboriginal communities across Newfoundland and Labrador. The week will end with a Vice-Presidents Panel featuring the university’s five vice-presidents who will comment on building reconciliation in the context of their portfolios.
Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the forums.

**Please note that advance registration is required for the forums as space is limited to faculty, staff and students only. Please RSVP to Susan Kennedy at susan.kennedy@mun.ca to reserve your seat.**



Schedule of Events

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

 

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER:Two steps forward, one step back: Transforming the Landscape to Support Reconciliation
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Innovation Hall, Room IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation


Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, will open Aboriginal Peoples Week at this event. Chief Mi’sel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation will deliver an address, followed by a keynote presentation by Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, associate vice-president of academic and Indigenous programs at Laurentian University.

This free event is open to the public. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 1A.

 



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

Forum: Setting the Change Agenda for University Teaching and Learning
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Landing, Room UC-3018, University Centre

Moderator: Catharyn Andersen, Special Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs, Memorial University

Thought leaders:
Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs, Laurentian University
Dr. Noreen Golfman, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Memorial University

This session will explore how Memorial can work towards building reconciliation through greater Indigenization of university pedagogies, curricula and programs and consider ways to increase Aboriginal representation within faculty. The session will include brief presentations from two thought leaders followed by roundtable discussions with participants, including faculty, staff, students and representatives from Aboriginal communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.

This event is open to faculty, staff and students of Memorial University only.


Introductory Session on Innu-aimun
Presenter: Dr. Marguerite Mackenzie
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Landing, room UC-3018, University Centre

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie, professor emerita with the Department of Linguistics, will facilitate an introductory session on the Innu language, Innu-aimun.

 

Make an Aboriginal Craft
Instructors: Katelin King and Jessica Winters
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3rd floor, University Centre (Outside the Landing, UC-3018)

Katelin King and Jessica Winters will instruct participants in creating sealskin crafts and dream catchers.


Information Session on the Beothuk
Presenters: Chief Mi'sel Joe and Karen LeDrew-Day
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
MUNSU Council Chambers, Room UC-2001, University Centre

Chief Mi'sel Joe of Miawpukek First Nation and Karen LeDrew-Day will facilitate an information session on the Beothuk.


Film Screening: KONELINE: our land beautiful
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Innovation Hall, Room IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation

Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild, Koneline traces the many different perspectives on the development of the Red Chris Mine in northern British Columbia. In particular, the film focuses on the perspective of the Tahlton First Nation as its people struggle to come to terms with the implications of mining for “our land beautiful.” Praised by critics, Koneline has won multiple awards, including Available Light Film Festival 2016 Audience Choice for Best Canadian Documentary, CSC Robert Brooks Award for Best Cinematography (Van Royko), Hot Docs 2016 Best Canadian Feature Documentary. This free screening is the Newfoundland premier of the film and everyone is welcome.

 


 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 

Introductory Session on the Mi'kmaw Language
Presenter: Marcella Williams
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The Loft, Room UC-3013, University Centre

Marcella Williams will facilitate an introductory session on the Mi'kmaw language.

 

Introductory Session on the Inuttitut Language
Presenter: Dr. Douglas Wharram
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
MUNSU Council Chambers, Room UC-2001, University Centre

Dr. Douglas Wharram, Assistant Professor with the Department of Linguistics, will facilitate an introductory session on the Inuttitut language.

 

The Blanket Exercise
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Landing, Room UC-3018, University Centre

Edward Allen, Aboriginal Cultural Education Coordinator with the Aboriginal Resource Office will lead participants in the Blanket Exercise. The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop developed by KAIROS to raise awareness and understanding of the nation to nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in what is now known as Canada. The Blanket Exercise is based on the major themes and findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and will help new learners begin to recognize the impacts of colonization over time.

 

Forum: Setting the Change Agenda for the Aboriginal Student Experience
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Landing, Room UC-3018, University Centre

Moderator: Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, Director, Labrador Institute of Memorial University

Thought leaders:

Sheila Freake, Manager, Aboriginal Resource Office, Memorial University
Kelly Anne Butler, Student Affairs Officer, Aboriginal Affairs, Adjunct Professor, Humanities, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University
Student Panel

This session will explore how Memorial can work towards building reconciliation by focusing on how to sustain a welcoming environment for Aboriginal students and how to create allies among non-Aboriginal students. The session will include brief presentations from two thought leaders followed by roundtable discussions with participants, including faculty, staff, students and representatives from Aboriginal communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.

This event is open to faculty, staff and students of Memorial University only.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

 

Forum: Setting the Change Agenda for University Governance and Structures
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall

Moderator: Donna Ball, Senior Policy Analyst, Memorial University

Thought leaders: Coming soon

This session will explore how Memorial can work towards building reconciliation through greater Aboriginal representation within faculty, staff and students and discuss possible strategies to ensure Aboriginal ways of knowing are respected and valued within Memorial’s structures and governance. The session will include brief presentations from two thought leaders followed by roundtable discussions with participants, including faculty, staff, students and representatives from Aboriginal communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.

This event is open to faculty, staff and students of Memorial University only.

Information Session on Smudging
Presenter: Edward Allen
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Landing, Room UC-3018, University Centre

Edward Allen, Aboriginal Cultural Education Coordinator will facilitate an information session on smudging. The smudge ceremony is a First Nations’ wellness practice whereby small amounts of medicines such as sage, cedar, sweet grass, and/or raw tobacco, are placed in the bowl and lit. The small amount of smoke that arises is then used as a ceremonial wash.

 

The Price is Not Right
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Landing, Room UC-3018, University Centre

An interactive game which creates awareness of the high cost of food in remote Aboriginal communities. Great prizes to be won!

This event is open to faculty, staff and students of Memorial University only. 


Forum: Setting the Change Agenda for University Research

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall

Moderator: Dr. Mario Blaser, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies, Memorial University

Thought Leaders:

Dr. Tom Gordon, professor emeritus, School of Music, Principal Investigator: Tradition & Transition Among the Labrador Inuit
Craig McNaughton, Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Research Programs, SSHRC, Lead on implementation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call no. 65

This session will explore how Memorial can work towards building reconciliation through developing a research agenda which contributes to reconciliation and building a network of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars and research partners working in support of reconciliation. The session will include brief presentations from two thought leaders followed by roundtable discussions with participants, including faculty, staff, students and representatives from Aboriginal communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.

This event is open to faculty, staff and students of Memorial University only.


 

Friday, March 24, 2017

 

Vice-Presidents Panel
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Landing, Room UC-3018, University Centre

Memorial's five Vice-Presidents will comment on building reconciliation in the context of their university portfolios. The panel will be moderated by Catharyn Andersen, Special Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs.

 

Drumming Circle
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Landing, Room UC-3018, University Centre

Please feel free to drop by and participate. Everyone is welcome.

 

Pow-Wow Aerobics
Instructor: Rebecca Sharr, St. John's Native Friendship Centre
1:00 p.m - 1:30 p.m.
The Landing, Room UC-3018, University Centre

Please feel free to drop by and participate. Everyone is welcome.

 

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