The conference begins Wednesday evening June 15 and ends at noon Saturday, June 18, 2016.

See the full Program below or click here (PDF).


All conference sessions held at the University of Winnipeg, unless otherwise noted. The conference table located at Riddell Hall will be staffed starting at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 15.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Pre-Conference Events


Visit to Lower Fort Garry - SOLD OUT

Journey to Lower Fort Garry, the site where Treaty One--the first of the numbered treaties--was signed between representatives of the Crown, Anishinaabe, and Muskegon Cree peoples of Manitoba in 1871. An insightful tour of Lower Fort Garry focusing on treaty history and relationships will set the stage for a meaningful panel discussion on site and subsequent conversations during the Pathways to Reconciliation Conference.

Allen Sutherland – White Spotted Horse / Waabshki Masinazoot Michtaatim, is the Treaty Project Officer for Parks Canada – Manitoba South. Allen will provide an introduction to treaty history prior to the tour and he will facilitate a panel discussion amongst the tour participants at Lower Fort Garry. Transportation from the University of Winnipeg, admission and tour fees, and refreshments are included in the package.

2:30 – 5:30 pm

Reconciliation: Drawing with Reaction, Insight and Resolution

Join renowned Cheyenne artist and professor Edgar Heap of Birds in a workshop that will produce a large-scale drawing. The workshop is open to conference participants, as well as members of the Winnipeg community.

The theme of the collective artwork will be issues stemming from social justice, accurate First Nations history, personal stories, healing and reconciliation. An artistic exploration is often an enriching method to discover hidden emotions and histories involving difficult policies and topics.


Opening Plenary
Understanding Reconciliation: Mere co-existence, New Foundation, or Mutual Celebration?
Moderators: Ry Moran, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Dean Peachey, The University of Winnipeg Global College
Welcome – Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Winnipeg
Wab Kinew, Manitoba MLA
Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada


Thursday, June 16, 2016





Plenary Session
Achieving Reconciliation: International Experiences of What Works, What Doesn’t
Moderator: Joanna Quinn, Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-conflict Reconstruction, University of Western Ontario
Greeting and Prayer: Elder Stan McKay

Dr. Règine King, University of Manitoba
Justin Mohamed, CEO, Reconciliation Australia

10:30am -12:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

A1: Engaging Civil Society (Panel)
Chair: Dr. Brock Pitawanakwat, University of Sudbury

The Transformative Power of Community-Based Research on Reconciling Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal Canadians, Cindy Smithers-Graeme, Erik Mandawe The University of Western Ontario

Rotary and Reconciliation, David Newman, Rotary Club of Winnipeg

UNESCO's Charter of Physical Education & Sport: New Opportunities for Reconciliation, Laura Robinson, Freelance Journalist,

Discussant: Sandra Krahn, University of Manitoba Onikaniwak

A2: Making Our Mark: Creative interventions into Reconciliation and Canadian Residential (Roundtable)
Artists will explore the use of the University of Winnipeg visual arts in exploring reconciliation.

Julie Nagam, Winnipeg Art Gallery & Schools University of Winnipeg
Jaimie Isaac, Artist/Curator
Adrian Stimson, Artist
Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Artist/Curator
Michelle LaVallee, Curator

A3: Education for Reconciliation: KAIROS and Legacy of Hope  (Roundtable)
Chair: Pam Peters Pries, Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Participants will assess the implementation of TRC Call to Action #62i, focusing on key issues of education curriculum, political will, and capacities for teachers, schools and ministries of education.

Ed. Bianchi, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Jane Hubbard, Legacy of Hope Foundation Teacher/Educator (TBA)
Ovide Mercredri, Former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations, President, Manitoba New Democratic Party
Stephen Kakfwi, Former Premier of NWT, Canadians for a New Partnership
Marsha Missyabit, Winnipeg School Division

A4: Fostering Historical Knowledge and Caring Through a Virtual Indian Residential School (Panel)
The Embodying Empathy project integrates three elements: recognizing Survivors as experts on residential schools and reconciliation; participatory design; and assessing the potential for justice and reconciliation.

Embodying Empathy Research Team, Organized by Andrew Woolford, University of Manitoba:
Theodore Fontaine, Mary Courchene, Daniel Highway, Purvis Fontaine, Carrie Perrault, William Morriseau, Alyssa Bird, Adam Muller, Struan Sinclair, Katherine Starzyk

A5: Moving Forward (Panel)
Chair: Estelle Lamoureux

A Proposal to Establish Truth and Reconciliation Discussion Groups in Winnipeg of Manitoba Panel Raymond Currie, University of Manitoba & Ko’ona Cochrane

Responses to the “Calls to Action”: The next phase reconciliation in Canada, Ravi da Costa, York University

Repeating the Apologies: Fuel for Walking Together Towards Reconciliation, Peter Bush, Westwood Presbyterian Church, Winnipeg

Discussant: Lorena Fontaine, University of Winnipeg

A6: Telling the Stories (Panel)
Chair: Jodi Giesbrecht, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

"We were brave children”: Childhood agential narratives and settler recognition, Rosemary Nagy, Nipissing University

Fredda (Frederick) Paul, Maine

Dismantling Colonial Discourse, Dr. Mary LeMaître, University of Winnipeg

Reflections on Researching and Writing Pathways To Reconciliation for the TRC Final Report, Paulette Regan, NCTR, Vancouver

Niinawind Nindibaajimowininaan ‘Our Story’ Indian Residential Schools, Genocide, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Acknowledgment, and Reconciliation, Maeengan Linklater, The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg

Discussant: Rachel Kerr, King’s College London, UK


My Vision for Canada,
Chief Robert Joseph, Reconciliation Canada

Moderator: Jarita Greyeyes, Acting Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs, University of Winnipeg

2:15 -3:45pm

Concurrent Sessions

B1: Churches as Reconcilers (Roundtable)
Chair: Jennifer Henry, Executive Director, KAIROS

Indigenous and non-Indigenous church leaders examine their   challenges and possibilities for practicing   apology, while engaging communities in reconciliation and the process of  decolonizing the church.

Yvonne Bearbull, Kenora Fellowship Centre
Rev. Paul Gehrs, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Adrian Jacobs, Keeper of the Circle,
Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre
Willard Metzger, Mennonite Church

B2: Marginalized Agents of Change (Panel)
Canada Chair: Paulette Regan, NCTR, Vancouver

Understandings of the Canadian TRC by our newcomer population, Cathy Rocke and Dr. Règine King, University of Manitoba

Two-Spirit Art, Social Justice, and Safe Spaces, Albert McLeod, Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc.

Youth-Led Reconciliation, Winnipeg Branch, Jocelyn Thorpe, University of Manitoba

Discussant: Kiera Ladner, University of Manitoba

B3: Blanket Exercise (Workshop)
An interactive reconciliation exercise guides participants through a 500-year journey of their historic relationships and decolonization process. 

Ed Bianchi, KAIROS
Miriam Sainnawap, Mennonite Central Committee Canada

B4: Education Pathways (Panel)
Chair: Ryan Courchene, Library & Archives Canada

Translating Research into Reconciliation in the Classroom, Tessa Blaike Whitecloud, 1JustCity & Hańwakań BLaikie Whitecloud, In.Business

“ReconciliACTION” – a proven pathway to creating relationships, reconciliation and healing between non-Aboriginals and Aboriginals, Lisa Raven, Returning to Spirit, Université de Saint-Boniface

Hearing Voices: Alfred Kirkness and the Brandon Cemeteries, Anne Lindsay, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

B5: Broken Bonding: The Shattered Ties (Workshop)
This workshop presents a variety of healing and public education projects undertaken since the 1990s by a  group that arose out of the MacKay Residential School in Dauphin, Manitoba.

Clara Kirkness, MacKay Residential School Gathering Inc.

B6: Governance Pathways (Panel)
Chair: Joan Grace, University of Winnipeg

Seeking “Peace in the Woods": Learning and  Reconciliation through Collaborative Governance of Forestland in Northwestern Ontario, Dr. Melanie Zurba, Natural Resources Institute University of Manitoba

"We did not cede our lands": reconciliation of Canadian aboriginal law principles and indigenous understandings of Treaties, Aimée Craft, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Governing Relationships: A Relational Approach to Governance and the work of Reconciliation, Jennifer Llewellyn, Dalhousie University

Discussant: Joanna Quinn, University of Western Ontario

B7: Political Pathways (Panel)
Chair: Dennis White Bird, former Treaty Relations Commissioner of Manitoba

Paul Chartrand, Boudeau Law, Winnipeg

Dr. Julie Pelletier, Indigenous Studies, University of Winnipeg


Bus departs Holiday Inn for Canadian Museum of Human Rights


Guided tours of Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Purchase tickets by calling Planners Plus 204-257-5205
Museum staff will conduct special after-hours tours of the first four galleries of Canada’s newest national museum for Pathways conference participants. Explore moving stories and awesome architecture in the Museum’s first four galleries:

  • What are Human Rights?
  • Indigenous Perspectives
  • Canadian Journeys
  • Protecting Rights in Canada

Then move upwards to the Expressions Gallery on Level 6 to see The Witness Blanket; an exhibition about Indian residential schools. Inspired by a woven blanket, this large-scale art installation is made from pieces of history – hundreds of items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings, and other cultural structures all across Canada.

Artist Carey Newman (Ha-Yalth-Kin-Geme) of Vancouver Island was first inspired to create The Witness Blanket by his father’s experiences at residential school. Carey and his team travelled for more than a year on a journey of over 200,000 kilometres, visited 77 communities and gathered 887 pieces of history to incorporate into this powerful piece.




Dinner at Canadian Museum for Human Rights

In the late 1990s, a group of 26 brave Survivors brought their experiences of abuse to court demanding recognition for the harms they suffered in the Port Alberni Residential School.  Their actions opened the door for thousands of other Survivors to bring their cases forward; the lengthy process culminated in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

This dinner will honour these Survivors who bravely took the first steps in the fight for recognition of their abuse.  Learn from them and others associated with the case of the long and winding path the country has travelled since these early days.  Reconciliation cannot happen without a sincere acknowledgement of past harm.   Honouring those that took the first steps in the fight for Truth is a fitting way to move forward in a spirit of reconciliation.


Friday, June 17

Breakfast hosted by Universities Canada


Legal Frameworks for Reconciliation
Moderator: Karen Busby, Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Manitoba
Frank Iacobucci, Former Supreme Court Justice, Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement negotiator

10:30 am – 12:00 noon

Concurrent Sessions

C1: Empowering Aboriginal Youth to Success in Life and Work (Panel)
Panelists will discuss their experiences and insights from participating in Returning to the Spirit reconciliation workshops for youth and young adults.

Nikki Croft, Lisa Raven, Returning to Spirit
Devon Bushie, Hollow Water First Nation

Additional Youth Participants

C2: Museums, Memorials, and Reconciliation (Panel)
Chair: Michael Dudley, University of Winnipeg

Truth and Reconciliation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Julia Peristerakis, Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR)

Truth, Dignity and Reconciliation in Guatemala, Julio Solórzano Foppa, Concord Memorial Project-Guatemala

Weaving a Path to Reconciliatio, Armando Perla, CMHR

Discussant: Clint Curle, CHMR

C3: Intergenerational Healing (Worshop)
Three generations of women--grandmother, mother and daughter--who have dealt with inter-generational trauma share their story of hope, love, and healing. Although this is a very personal narrative, the presenters have developed a professional framework to help others who require, or who would benefit from the experiential story.

Elaine Isaac, Mary Courchene, Dawn Isaac, Kishay Watisiwin Training and Programmatic Development

C4: When Heart Meets Art – Reconciliation Dialogue & Social Change (Workshop)
The Living Well Together community art show was exhibited by multiple women artists  in  2012 and in 2015. These women, from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities,  gathered in sharing circles and then art-making circles that discussed  de-colonization and reconciliation. The art that was produced and exhibited was representative of their shared learning and collective hope for reconciliation.  Join two participants as they share art, stories, and methodology from this innovative project.

Kelly Bernadin-Dvorak , Jean Pelletier, Jonah Community Projects

C5: Breaking Down Barriers to Human Rights and Justice (Panel)
Chair: Cassondra Bright, Community Engagement Officer, Canadian Human Rights Commission

The fundamental role of law in achieving reconciliation, Naiomi Walgwan Metallic, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University

Challenges facing Indigenous women when trying to access human right and justice, Gail Gallagher, Senior Manager, Native Women’s Association of Canada

An Inuit perspective on improving access to justice and how traditional Inuit ways of life and rules of law still apply, focusing on the need for trust, respect and relationships, Yvonne Niego, ADM Justice, Government of Nunavut

The role of the legal profession in improving access to human rights justice, Koren Lightning-Earle, President, Indigenous Bar Association

Importance of engaging Indigenous youth in reconciliation and identifying barriers, Nicole Niedhardt, Youth Representative, BC Arts Council 

Human Rights Commissions as allies in achieving social justice and social change, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission

C6: Finding Our Way (Theatrical Workshop)
The Red Threads of Peace Project uses Playback Theatre to listen deeply to people’s stories and transform them improvisationally into theatre. It is especially powerful in honouring the voices of people from marginalized communities and helping to build understanding across differences.

Dana Rungay, Bequie Lake, Dawn Lavand, Brad Leitch, Loc Lu, and Martial Tougas, from The Red Threads of Peace Project


Concurrent Sessions

D1: Unsettling pedagogies: Educational Praxis (Workshop)
Unsettling Pedagogies: Education Praxis, for cultivating the moral imagination, fostering justice and decolonizing peace, Sandra Krahn, Julie Marie Hyde, PhD Candidates, University of Manitoba

D2: Onikaniwak:  For those who lead (Roundtable)
This session presents the experience of a collaborative week-long land-based (camp) learning session in northern Manitoba for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal education leaders. A key component of the camp was creating conditions for authentic conversations among the diverse participants.

Doris Young, Leo Nijssen, Sherry Peden, University College of the North Panel
Edwin Jebb, Band Councilor, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
Darryl Shotton, Career Trek, The Pas, Manitoba
Dawn Wallin, University of Saskatchewan

D3: We're All Migrants (Workshop)
The workshop encourages participants to map their ancestors’ footsteps through the lands and influences through which they migrated, with a view toward reflecting on stereotypes that may be present in their communities and nurturing paths to reconciliation. The workshop includes video presentation and experiential components.

Emely Baker and Shawna Péloquin

D4: Reconciliation and Cultural Differences (Workshop)
The workshop engages participants in identifying cultural differences related to reconciliation. Cultural dilemmas methodology is used to reconcile cultural differences in key dilemmas, and to develop creative solutions for  ecological, social, political, and economic circumstances.

Gerald Glover, Institute for Culture and Adaptive Leadership, FL, Workshop
Jeanne Maes, University of South Alabama
Tusi Avegalio, Pacific Business Center, University of Hawaii
Suzanne Sterling, Cultural Overtures/Institute for Culture & Adaptive Leadership, Thunder Bay, ON
Harris Friedman, University of Florida

D5: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a Framework for Reconciliation (Panel)
Chair; David Langtry, Deputy Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission

Using the UN Declaration to advance Aboriginal rights, Treaty rights, and human rights, Judge David Arnot, President of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA)

The Role of civil society in advancing domestic implementation of international obligations, Craig Benjamin, Amnesty International Canada

Progress in Implementing the UN Declaration: Response to the TRC Calls to Action so far, Céleste McKay, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Human Rights Commission

How the UN Declaration informs the work of human rights commissions “on the ground”, Isha Khan, Acting Executive Director, Manitoba Human Rights Commission

Discussant: Karen Busby, University of Manitoba

D6: Inspiring Decolonization and Reconciliation: The Stories of Decolonization Film Project (Film and Panel)
Stories of Decolonization is a documentary film project examining colonization and its continued impacts on everyday Canadian experiences. This session will include screening the first short film of the project, and discussion with the filmmakers.

Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, Gladys Rowe, Liz Carlson, Sarah Story, University of Manitoba

3:45pm- 5:15pm

Concurrent Sessions

E1: Building Strong Relations Between Indigenous and Newcomer Communities (Panel)
A lasting impact of colonization is the creation of a stratified society that piths those most marginalized against one another, competing for place, belonging, and resources. The future of inner-city Winnipeg depends on our ability to build authentic relationships between two key communities: Newcomers to Canada and Indigenous members.

Shereen Denetto, Rayne Graff, Mandela Kuet, Carol Reimer, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)

E2: Film Festival (Film)
Curated by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Nagam, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Roberts Paintings                                                   The Bear Facts

Two Scoops                                                              The Re-Naming of PKOLS

Land Memories: Starlight Tours                           Mobilize
Red Girls Reasoning

Dancing the Space Inbetween

E3: Institutional Approaches (Panel)
Chair: Rachel Kerr, King’s College London

A Library Matter of Genocide, Michael Dudley, University of Winnipeg

As a Child and Family Services Worker, how do I reconcile CFS’ ongoing colonial cultural assimilation and genocide that started with the Indian Residential Schools? Mary Anne Clarke, CFS Worker and PhD Student

E4: Reconciliation Barometer (Roundtable)
Discussion on Development of a Reconciliation Barometer in Canada

Aimée Craft, Ry Moran and Paulette Regan, NCTR
Katherine Starzyk, Karen Busby, University of Manitoba
Jennifer Llewellyn, Dalhousie University
Dean Peachey, University of Winnipeg
Cody O’Neil, National Centre for Truth And Reconciliation

E5: Healing (Panel)
Chair: Jonathan Dewar, Algoma University

Assessing the Healing Needs of Former Students of Indian Residential Schools and their Families
Tracey Carr, University of Saskatchewan

The Interplay between Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Apologies in Australia, Canada    
and New Zealand, Steward Sutherland, (Wiradjuri) New South Wales, Australia

Discussant: Cindy Smithers-Graeme, University of Western Ontario

E6: Reference for Reconciliation and Just Relationships: The Website (Panel)
The website aims to increase the capacity of non-Indigenous peoples to grow relationships with Indigenous peoples that are rooted in justice. The session includes a demonstration of the web site, and the community consultation process that led to its development.

Monique Woroniak, Elizabeth Carlson, Ashlyn Haglund, Lisa Stepnuk, Groundwork for Change


Winnipeg Art Gallery

Reception & Curator Talk - Quayuktchigaewin: Making Good
Special Exhibit curated for Pathways to Reconciliation by Jaimie Isaac

In Anishnaabegmowin, Quayuktchigaewin means the honor of righting a wrong. The WAG acknowledges the experiences of Indigenous survivors and intergenerational survivors from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples of the residential school system in Canada. The exhibition reflects a profound understanding and inquiry of colonial trauma and ongoing injustices, but also reveals an enduring strength, resiliency, and courage. The exhibition brings together art from the WAG’s collection, loans from the University of Manitoba and incorporates archival collections from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Saturday, June 18





Implementing and Measuring Reconciliation: The Status of the Calls to Action
Chaired by Ry Moran, Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

 The TRC’s Calls to Action present a broad list of actions that individuals, organizations, governments and all of Canada are asked to undertake.  One these Calls to Action calls for the development of a multi-year action plan for reconciliation.  This morning session, held in partnership between the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Canadians for A New Partnership is your opportunity to contribute to the development of this plan. Participants will be asked to engage with a set of Calls to Action and set these out on a master timeline with the goal being to map out the complex series of steps required to fully realize all Calls to Action.  The session will conclude with reflections from members of Canadians for A New Partnership who will share their reflections on the path that lay ahead.   Bring your thinking caps and sharpen your pencils for this important participatory group session!!  


Next Steps on the Pathways
Featuring Udloriak Hanson, Chief Operating Officer with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Stephen Kakfwi, former Premier of NWT, and, R. Scott Serson, former Deputy Minister of INAC.