A video by Justice Murray Sinclair
The 2018 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture
‘Truth and Reconciliation in Canada: If It Feels Good, It’s Not Reconciliation’
Presented by Pam Palmater
Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, social justice activist, and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University
History of the Woodrow Lloyd Lecture
The Faculty of Arts is pleased to present an annual lecture in honour of Woodrow Stanley Lloyd (1913-1972), a dedicated public servant of Saskatchewan. Woodrow Lloyd served as the province’s eighth Premier (1961-1964) and also as Minister of Education (1944-1960). It was in this capacity that he played a formative role in the development of the modern day education system. In 1963, he laid the cornerstone of the first building on the Regina campus of the University of Saskatchewan, now the University of Regina. Throughout his career, Woodrow Lloyd’s voice emerged as one strongly in favour of the university as a space for innovation and catalyst for social change.
Said Woodrow Lloyd at the Canadian Education Association Convention of 1951, “Education needs courage. The very fact that education, if it is vital, leads to purposeful change, indicates the need for courage on the part of those who lead, because even purposeful change is always opposed. It is opposed by those who do not understand.”
The Woodrow Lloyd lecture is presented each Winter by the Faculty of Arts and funded by the generosity of the Woodrow Lloyd Trust Fund. Each lecture features a nationally or internationally recognized scholar, writer, thinker, and/or activist, who speaks on issues of direct relevance to Saskatchewan.
Past speakers have included former Premier of Saskatchewan Roy Romanow, noted climatologist Elane Wheaton, and author and Indigenous leader Cindy Blackstock.
Past Woodrow Lloyd Lectures
- 2017: Islamophobia and Muslim Women in Canada
Presented by Dr. Sheema Khan, Author and Global and Mail Columnist
A video of Dr. Khan’s lecture is available at: https://youtu.be/T6O92Oq3GYs
- 2016: Presented by The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
A video of Justice Sinclair’s lecture is available on the Faculty of Arts YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/PAwTjn4g3ZQ
- 2015: Reconciliation: the children’s version
by Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, as well as Director of the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) and as Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. View or download the lecture from the Faculty of Arts Youtube channel at http://youtu.be/K12lsqkh5No
- 2014: The Hedgehog, the Fox and Canadian Austerity
by Dr. Thom Workman, Professor, Political Science at the University of New Brunswick. View or download the lecture from the University’s oURspace website at http://hdl.handle.net/10294/5358
- 2013: Can Civil Disobedience Ensure Health Care Access for Drug Users?
by Ann Livingston, Social Justice Organizer
- 2012: Taking and Making Human Life: has healthcare replaced religion?
by Dr. Margaret Somerville, Samuel Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University
- 2011: Western Canadian Democracy: A backward and a forward look
by the Honorable Preston Manning, Founder of the Reform Party of Canada
- 2010: Transforming Power: New paths to social and political change
by Judy Rebick, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University
- 2009: Subprime Constitutionalism: Why are we over-invested in the charter?
by Professor Harry Arthurs, Osgood Hall Law School, President Emeritus, York University
The Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission contained 94 Calls to Action that laid out a path to start the process of reconciliation. Yet according to Palmater, Canada’s approach to reconciliation has been more superficial than concrete. True reconciliation, she argues, won’t be found in land acknowledgments or Indigenizing public buildings with Indigenous artwork – it will only be found in the discomfort that comes with the exchange of land, wealth and power.
About Pam Palmater
Pam Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, and social justice activist from Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She is a former spokesperson, organizer and educator for the Idle No More movement and currently holds the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. She has 4 university degrees, including a BA from St. Thomas with a double major in History and Native Studies; an LLB from UNB, and her Masters and Doctorate in Law from Dalhousie University specializing in Indigenous law.
Pam has been volunteering and working in First Nation issues for over 25 years on a wide range of issues like poverty, housing, education, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and legislation impacting First Nations. She has worked as a human rights investigator at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and worked collaboratively with human rights organizations like Canadian Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International on Indigenous issues.
She is a well-known speaker and media commentator and is frequently called as an expert before Parliamentary dealing with laws and policies impacting Indigenous peoples, and before United Nations committees on human rights of Indigenous peoples, particularly, Indigenous women and children. Her recent focus has been on murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls and sexualized violence in policing.
She has been recognized with many awards for her social justice and human rights advocacy on behalf of First Nations generally including the 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Social Justice; Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s 2013 Top 5 Most Influential Lawyer in the Human Rights category; Margaret Mead Award in Social Justice 2016; J. S. Woodsworth Woman of Excellence Award in Human Rights 2016; and an Alumni Award of Distinction 2015 and honourary Doctorate of Laws from UNB 2016, as well as the 2017 Award for Excellence in Human Rights from the Atlantic Human Rights Centre at St. Thomas University.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is calling on all young people to Imagine a Canada through the lens of Reconciliation! What is your vision of Reconciliation? What does it look like?
Imagine a Canada is an invitation for all young people, from across the country, from kindergarten to post-secondary, to share their own vision of what Reconciliation can be. It can be a poem, a song, a painting, a sculpture, a rap, a drawing, an essay, anything!
A Great Educational Tool
Teachers, this is a great way to build upon the momentum of Orange Shirt day. Imagine a Canada is perfect for students, from kindergarten to post-secondary, to explore both the past and our shared journey into the future. Collectively, we want to be looking into the future of Reconciliation and youth deserve to be a part of this visionary exercise. Imagine a Canada is a great way for young people to see themselves not just as concerned citizens, but as transformative citizens; to empower them to be the change they want to see in the world.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be releasing Teachers’ Guides and materials to help you support students in preparing their Imagine a Canada submissions.
Friends and partners of the NCTR from across the country will help recognize and honour submissions in each region of the country and one entry from each province and territory will be selected to attend a national celebration of Imagine a Canada!
For more info, click here!
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION IN CANADIAN SCHOOLS
Grade: for all teachers
In this book, author Pamela Toulouse provides current information, personal insights, authentic resources, interactive strategies and lesson plans that support Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in the classroom. This book is for all teachers that are looking for ways to respectfully infuse residential school history, treaty education, Indigenous contributions, First Nation/Métis/Inuit perspectives and sacred circle teachings into their subjects and courses. The author presents a culturally relevant and holistic approach that facilitates relationship building and promotes ways to engage in reconciliation activities.
It’s been five years since Althea Guiboche started the work that would earn her the title of Winnipeg’s ‘Bannock Lady’.
What started off as just Guiboche handing out bannock to Winnipeg’s homeless in 2013 has grown to an effort that now sees her and volunteers not only giving out a warm meal to people in need, but also working to create a community — or a village — as Guiboche describes it.
The twice-a-month effort, known as Got Bannock?, marked its fifth anniversary this weekend.
Guiboche and supporters celebrated with a community dinner Sunday afternoon.
“It’s been a challenge but it’s been so much fun at the same time,” said Guiboche said during the party held at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre. “It’s about networking and bringing people in together, sharing, caring and celebrating the village — it’s amazing.”
Guiboche started Got Bannock? after she found herself homeless with her three small children in 2011.
Got Bannock? was officially registered as a charity in 2017 and since her own time living on the streets, Guiboche has become a well-known advocate for Winnipeg’s most vulnerable.
The work has earned Guiboche a number of awards.
“In response to my own homelessness this is what I’ve done,” she said Sunday.
Food and community
Among the volunteers who came out to help serve dinner at Sunday’s celebration was Winnipeg-born Olympian Clara Hughes.
It’s the first time the former cyclist and speed skater has worked with Got Bannock?, something Hughes says fits right in with her work to raise awareness about mental health issues.
“It’s a fantastic program that is providing nourishment for this community,” Hughes said of Got Bannock?.
“Mental health issues manifest differently in every person but they affect more than one in five Canadians and when I look at what people need for wellness, food and nourishment is one thing and community is another thing… that is what is provided here.
“It all goes hand-in-hand, it’s all connected, so for me it’s just everything comes full-circle, and it comes back to human beings being good to each other.”
Got Bannock? serves up fresh meals on the first and third Sunday of every month, and Guiboche says each day sees 300 people fed.
Amazingly all that work is still done without a permanent facility for storage.
Guiboche says finding a space for storage and possibly opening a drop-in centre are among her plans for the charity going forward.
“There’s so many opportunities that can happen,” she said. “I’m not going to stop — I have to do this.”
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is located at University of Manitoba. The website has links to various resources and information. Various projects for educators around Residential Schools and Reconciliation are under the “education” tab on their website. The Project of Heart is one recommended activity that can be adapted for all grade levels.
Click the image above to find all the trc documents and final report. Here is the 94 Calls to Action Document:
Reserve 107 includes a documentary with study guides and additional resources included on the website.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY RESERVE 107
For decades, stories have spread throughout the village of Laird, Saskatchewan. It has been said that First Nation descendants of an old treaty have visited shopkeepers and town officials. The First Nations that came to the town, starting in the 1970s, insisted that a treaty signed between their people and the government of Canada states the land of the locals actually belong to an Indigenous First Nation. But when a group of Mennonites and Lutherans in the town of Laird discover that the land they live on is in fact the former reserve of the Young Chippewayan First Nation, they are forced to acknowledge the history that has brought them to their present confrontation. A chief and descendant of the Young Chippewayan Band decide to invite the local community to a meeting at the central site of the former reserve as members in the town remain on edge. But an inevitable encounter at the towns historic site compels the characters into a surprising discovery. Myths, assumptions and fears are shattered as this old injustice is about to provide an opportunity for friendship and renew a fierce determination to repair the wrongs of the past.