Reconciliation: The Responsibility for Shared Futures

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 12:30 to 14:30
Pier 21: Ottawa, Ontario

Three of Canada’s leading scholars will gather to share and exchange ideas for action and participation with members of the public on how to move toward reconciliation of relations between Canadian citizens and the diverse Indigenous peoples on the lands we all live in together.  Through a 2-hour sharing circle conversation, we will explore together how to act on the responsibilities we bear as individual persons and as peoples in moving forward to reconciliation in the largest sense of the word.

This Sharing Circle conversation at Pier 21 promises to draw a diverse and engaged public from the wider communities of Mi’kmaq, Indigenous, and Settler peoples in Halifax and Nova Scotia.  We invite any and all in the public – from the youngest to the oldest – who are ready to have a respectful, committed conversation. Our hope is that the conversation will lead to genuine, productive ideas and interchange on how to redress histories of unjust relations, and how to create shared futures that are socially, politically and ecologically just.  Mi’kmaq people and elders will welcome the scholars and join in the conversation, in recognition of the longstanding Peace and Friendship Treaties.

The three scholars are among Canada’s most distinguished in this area, and all are Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, which is supporting this Circle conversation:

1.  Killam Laureate and Political Science Professor James Tully, FRSC (U. Victoria)
2.  Robina Chair and Professor of Law, Anishnabek Scholar, Professor John Borrows, FRSC (U. Minnesota)
3.  Weaver-Tremblay Laureate, Professor emeritus, Dr. Michael Asch, FRSC (U. Alberta)

This will be the culmination of three days of public events with these distinguished scholars, and will be a follow-up to previous outstanding lectures in the series by Drs. Asch and Borrows.

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