4th Annual Truth and Reconciliation Gathering
TĀNITA ĀSĀY Ē-ITĀHĀK | WHERE ARE WE NOW?

March 3 & 4, 2020

THOMPSON REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTRE
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The University College of the North is pleased to host the 4th Annual Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Gathering – “Where Are We Now” on March 3  & 4, 2020 at the Thompson Regional Community Centre. The TRC Gathering will host regional dialogues to discuss and build student and educators capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. 

Since 2015, the Canadian Government, educational institutions, community organizations and Canadians have worked to repair the harm caused by residential schools, but unfortunately work is still needing to be done. The TRC Gathering will focus on the current state of the five categories of the calls to action; child welfare, education, language and culture, health and justice as they pertain to the work within UCN, the communities, Manitoba and Canada. Attendees of the Gathering will gain an understanding of the current state and the actions needed to move forward in a positive direction.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Secondary and post-secondary students
Teachers, instructors, faculty, administrators
Business community
Community organizations
Residential school survivors
General public
UCN staff and students


Registration

Registration information is required for each attendee. If you require assistance registering, please contact Sheri Domenico at 204-257-5205 or sheri@plannersplus.ca. A printed form is available for download below.


UCN TRC Conference
c/o Planners Plus Inc.
106 –  475 Provencher Blvd
Winnipeg, MB R2J 4A7
Telephone: 204 257 5205
Fax: 204 255 2523
Email: sheri@plannersplus.ca

Download registration form (PDF)

Location

Thompson Regional Community Centre
274 Thompson Dr S
Thompson, MB

Accommodations:
Group accommodations have been set up at the following hotels for UCN TRC attendees. Attendees are responsible to book their own accommodations.

Days Inn & Suites By Wyndham
21 Thompson Drive, Thompson, MB, R8N 2B5 | 204-778-6000
Group Code: DELEGATES / UCN TRC Conference
Booking Deadline: February 18, 2020

Best Western Thompson Hotel & Suites
205 Mystery Lake Road, Thompson, MB, R8N 1Z8 | 204-778-8887
Group Code: # 1461 / UCN TRC Conference
Booking Deadline: February 2, 2020

Program

DAY ONE: MARCH 3, 2020

7:30 AM

Pipe Ceremony
Elder Marie Ballantyne

8:00 – 8:45 AM

Registration & Light Breakfast

8:45 – 9:30 AM

Grand Entry & Opening Remarks
Elder Jimmy Hunter-Spence

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Keynote Address
INDIGENOUS GOVERNANCE, RECONCILIATION BOOK CLUB
Pam Palmater, Mi’kmag Lawyer

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Health Break

10:45 – 11:15 AM

Keynote Q & A
Pam Palmater, Mi’kmaq Lawyer

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Session #1
TBD

12:15 – 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Session #2
MISSING AND MURDER INDIGNEOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS FINAL REPORT ACTIONS
Hilda Anderson-Pryz, MKO

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Session #3
ELDERS ROUND CIRCLE – TRUTH OF DAY SCHOOL EXPERIENCES
Elder Jimmy Hunter-Spence
Elder Marie Ballantyne
Elder Adam Nagle
Moderator:
Dr. Jennie Wastesicoot

3:00 – 3:15 PM

Health Break

3:15 – 3:45 PM

Session #4
Q & A
ELDERS ROUND CIRCLE DISCUSSION

3:45 – 4:30 PM

Session #5
USING INDIGENOUS STORYTELLING FOR ACHIEVING RECONCILIATION
Elder Stella Neff

4:30 – 4:45 PM

Day One Closing

DAY TWO: MARCH 4, 2020

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Light Breakfast (provided)

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Opening Prayer

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Session #6
NORTHERN AUTHORITY CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES
Ron Ranville, Executive Director

10:30 – 10:45 PM

Health Break

10:45 – 12:15 PM

Session #7
EDUCATION PANEL – OUR TRC PROGRAMS
Lorie Henderson, Mystery Lake
Don McCaskill, Frontier

12:15 – 1:15 PM

Lunch (provided)

1:15 – 2:15 PM

Closing Address
Niigaan Sinclair, Assistant Professor, Native Studies, U of M

2:15 – 3:00 PM

Closing Prayer

Speakers

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba

BIO

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. 

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He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine‘s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and he won the 2018 Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press. In 2019 he won Peace Educator of the Year from the Peace and Justice Studies Association based at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has written national curriculums for Indspire and the Assembly of First Nations and is a former secondary school teacher who has trained educators and students across Canada. 

Dr. Pam Palmater

Dr. Pam Palmater

Mi’kmaw lawyer, professor, author, and social justice activist

BIO

Dr. Pam Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, professor, author, and social justice activist from Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick.

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She has four university degrees, including a BA from St. Thomas in Native Studies; an LLB from University of New Brunswick, and her Masters and Doctorate in Law from Dalhousie University specializing in Indigenous law. She currently holds the position of Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.

A practicing lawyer for 20 years, Pam has been volunteering and working in First Nation issues for over 25 years on a wide range of issues like socio-economic conditions, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and legislation impacting First Nations. 

Pam is a well-known public speaker and media commentator – considered one of Canada’s Top 25 Influential Movers and Shakers by the Financial Post and the Top 5 Most Influential Lawyer in Human Rights by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. She has been recognized with many awards for her social justice advocacy on behalf of First Nations generally, and Indigenous women and children specifically, including the 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Social Justice, 2012 Women’s Courage Award in Social Justice, and the Margaret Mead Award in Social Justice 2016, to name a few.

Don McCaskill

Don McCaskill

educator at Frontier School Division

BIO

Don McCaskill, B.A, B.Ed., M.Ed. has be an educator for over 25 years with Frontier School Division. 

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He has taught music, language arts, French and social studies. He has coordinated Frontier’s Work Education Program, Home Placement Program and the PENT Teacher Education Program.  As Assistant Superintendent of Career Studies and High School programs, he over saw the development of the Northern Regional Gardening Program, Technical Vocational Program,  Expanded Options Program, Career X and Engaged Learners Program in Egg Lake.  For the last 7 years he has served as the Area 1 Superintendent supporting schools in Gillam, Lynn Lake, Brochet, Leaf Rapids, South Indian Lake, Cross Lake, Wabowden, Pikwitonei, Thicket Portage and Ilford.  He has sat on a number of boards including the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Manitoba Red Cross Advisory Committee, and the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling.  He enjoys spending time with partner and two dogs and travelling the world in is free time.

Contact

If you have questions about the Conference,
please contact us:
Sheri Domenico, Event Manager
sheri@plannersplus.ca | 204-881-0337
Kelly Forgala, Event Manager
kelly@plannersplus.ca | 204-391-4419

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