Fall 2016 President’s Dream Colloquium: Education for Reconciliation

The President’s Dream Colloquium, started in 2011, is an initiative to bring leading thinkers to SFU and provide an annual forum for intensive interdisciplinary exchange amongst faculty and students in the form of a graduate course and public lectures.

We are witnessing dramatic shifts in the landscape of Indigenous relations in Canada. The recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) created challenging and inspiring opportunities for all of us.

The TRC issued 94 Calls to Action, with a number of the recommendations specific to institutions of higher education. The call is to work with Indigenous peoples to incorporate Indigenous knowledges and ways of learning through the eyes of local traditional knowledge keepers and elders, to inform intercultural learning and social healing.

This semester, the President’s Dream Colloquium will explore justice, identity and belonging in the context of Education for Reconciliation.

Some of the confirmed speakers include authors, such as award-winning visual contemporary Haida artist and author Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas; author, musiciain and broadcaster Wab Kinew; ethnographer, writer, photographer and filmmaker, Wade Davis; Hawaiian author and scholar-activist Manulani Aluli-Meyer; award-winning author of Indigenous Law books, John Borrows; and more.

While most lectures are free to attend (with some exceptions) you are required to reserve a seat.

Visit the Dream Colloquium website for full speaker bios and event details.