Date: March 15 & 16th, 2022 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Available only through an online platform.
Earlybird: $149 (prior to January 30, 2022)
Group (10 or more): $125 each
No refunds within 30 days of the event.
How can Indigenous knowledge and Western knowledge be reconciled?
How can Indigenous people and settler allies work together to better understand
their perspectives in a meaningful and forward thinking way?
It’s been more than five years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action urged Canadians to explore Canada’s colonial systems for meaningful dialogue and marked change. While steps have been taken, there remains much work to be done to engage Indigenous communities and Indigenous knowledge systems.
The idea of Reconciled Spaces envision a process that incorporates Indigenous inclusion, decolonization, and indigenization to change policies, practices and structures.
In addition to using reconciliatory language, resilience and resurgence-based practices must be integrated
to ensure a way toward renewed spaces, systems,
There is a need for change to better serve Indigenous children, families, and employees. Join us for a two day conference and dialogue to explore how we can include Indigenous perspectives in transformative ways that include foundational, knowledge-based, and structural shifts in ways of being and doing.
Decolonizing spaces and the Resurgence of Indigenous Knowledge in Reconciliatory Canada– Dr. Patricia McGuire
The Medicine of Peace: Indigenous Youth Decolonizing Healing- Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos
Awakening the Trickster: An Invitation to Healing the Legacy Effect – Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux
Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos is a Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor in Indigenous Health and Social Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He also serves as the current faculty chair of the Indigenous Education Network, an educational forum which for over 30 years, has convened public scholarship, organized progressive social action and promoted positive change for Indigenous communities across Canada and internationally. In 2019, Dr. Ansloos was awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Dr. Ansloos’ research focuses on Indigenous health, social policy, and in particular suicide and suicide prevention. He also examines community-based and systems-level change processes needed to advance social and health equity within Canada, with a particular focus on Indigenous rights. Dr. Ansloos also researches the role of emergent technologies at the intersection of community mobilization and social change. Dr. Ansloos is Nehiyaw (Cree) and English, and is a member of Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochekwi-Sipi; Treaty 5). He grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Treaty 1), and currently resides in Toronto (Tkaranto).
Dr. Patricia McGuire is a professor at Carleton University’s School of Social Work. She has worked in direct practice and with post-secondary and Indigenous institutes. McGuire is Anishinaabe Wiisaakodewikwe. She is affiliated with Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabe, and has community connections at Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabe. A consistent theme in her work is creating respectful frameworks for including Anishinaabe knowledge(s) in broader academic, social and political contexts. She completed a master’s degree in Sociology at Lakehead University in 2003 and received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan. Her 2013 dissertation was entitled Anishinaabe Giikeedaasiwin – Indigenous knowledge: An Exploration of Resilience. McGuire has written peer-reviewed articles and co-edited First Voices – An Aboriginal Women’s Reader. Her research program is in Indigenous knowledge(s), resilience, healing practices, safe spaces and community resurgence, as well as ethical research with Indigenous people.
Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph.D. served as Vice Provost for Indigenous Initiatives at Lakehead University for three years. Effective September 2016 she was appointed as the 1st Indigenous Chair for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada for Lakehead University and continues to develop pathways forward to reconciliation across Canada. Cynthia was inducted as a “Honourary Witness” by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2014, and is the Chair of the Governing Circle for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. Cynthia was the inaugural Nexen Chair for Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity where she remains a faculty member and is currently the Interim Director for the Indigenous Leadership Program. She is also Chair of the Teach for Canada non-profit which recruits teachers for remote First Nation schools in Ontario and Manitoba. Cynthia is a member and resident of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding. She sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and applied research initiatives. She is deeply committed to public education and offers as many as 150 key notes, workshops, and training sessions annually to a variety of groups, organizations and institutions. She teaches on historic and contemporary Indigenous trauma and wisdom, treaties and right relations, active youth engagement, and Indigenizing education.