Canada’s sesquicentennial offers an important opportunity to critically reflect on the nation’s past and seek to build a better, more inclusive and just future. Congress 2017 invites participants to acknowledge the country’s colonial past and present practices, and forge new relationships towards positive change and reconciliation. Building upon the insights, contributions and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Congress 2017 theme “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands” aims to mark the achievements and character of all peoples in Canada.
A record number of sessions are affiliated with the Indigenous-Settler Relations and Decolonization Research cluster. This includes a co-sponsored panel – “Remembering our Past, Rethinking the Next 150 Years and Beyond” – featuring Senator Murray Sinclair, Pamela Palmater, and Lee Maracle (Monday, May 29, 1:30-2:45 PM). It also includes Congress-wide sessions on “Pedagogies for Putting Reconciliation into Action in the Classroom” (Monday, May 29, 3:00-5:00 PM) and “Wise Research Practices” (Thursday, June 1, 3:30-5:00 PM).
Congress 2017 was held at Ryerson University in Toronto May 27 to June 2.