VIU to host conversation on the future of reconciliation in Canada

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Vancouver Island University (VIU) will host an online webinar about the future of reconciliation in Canada on April 20. 

Reconciliation is a complex concept with a variety of definitions, meaning different things to different people, but one thing many agree upon is that for reconciliation to become a reality, significant structural and societal changes are needed.

Reconciliation and collaboration with Indigenous communities are woven into the fabric of VIU’s five-year strategic plan, People, Place, Potential. As part of the university’s commitment to do more to honour Indigenous students, employees and communities, and deepen its understanding of Indigenous knowledges, the virtual dialogue will bring together partners in the philanthropic, private, public and academic sectors. 

The conversation will be held from 10–11:30 a.m. and will include the following presenters:

-Dr. Deborah Saucier, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor;

-Michael Calvert, Interim Chair of VIU’s Indigenous Commitments Committee (moderator);

-Bruce Lawson, Executive Director of the Counselling Foundation of Canada;

-Wanda Brascoupe Kennedy, Founder of the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund;

-Victoria Grant, Founder of the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund;

-Udlu Hanson, VP of Community and Strategic Development with Baffinland Iron Mines;

-Gina Wilson, Deputy Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Youth, Women and Gender Equality Canada;

-Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada;

-Jessica Wood, Associate Deputy Minister, Declaration Act Secretariat, Government of B.C.;

Short presentations from panelists will be followed by a question and answer period.

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