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

To see the full Preliminary Program below or click here (PDF).


Preliminary Program

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Pre-Conference Events


Visit to Lower Fort Garry (pre-registration required, additional cost)

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?
Wab Kinew, University of Winnipeg
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
Regine King, University of Manitoba
Fanie Du Toit, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, South Africa


10:30am -12:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

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

Reconciliation and CPT Delegations to Treaty #3 Teams, Charles Wright, Christian Peacemaker
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:

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

Education for Reconciliation: KAIROS and Legacy of Hope  (Roundtable)
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)
Stephen Kakfwi, Former Premier of NWT, Canadians for a New Partnership
Marsha Missyabit, Winnipeg School Division

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

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

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

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

Dismantling Colonial Discourse, 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


2:15 -3:45pm

Concurrent Sessions

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

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

Understandings of the Canadian TRC by our newcomer population,
Cathy Rocke and Regine 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

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

Sue Eagle, Miriam Sainnawap, Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Education Pathways (Panel)
Chair: Andrew Woolford, University of Manitoba

Translating Research into Reconciliation in the Classroom, Karlee Sapoznik, Université de Saint-Boniface

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

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

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.

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

Seeking "peace in the forest": Collaborative governance in northwestern Ontario, Melanie Zurba, 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

Political Pathways (Panel)
Chair: Sherry Smith, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

Exploring Practices of Political Reconciliation, Shalene Jobin, University of Alberta
Anishinaabe Perspectives on Electoral Participation: Expectations, Motivations, and Observations, Brock Pitawanakwat, University of Sudbury

Weaving our authority together: theorizing Indigenous nationhood and citizenship, Matthew Wildcat, University of British Columbia

The Nature of Aboriginal Title in an Age of Reconciliation, Hayden King, Ryerson University


Guided tours of Canadian Museum for Human Rights


Dinner at Canadian Museum for Human Rights


Friday, June 17

Breakfast hosted by Universities Canada


Legal Frameworks for Reconciliation: Is it about Land?
Frank Iacobucci, Former Supreme Court Justice, Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement negotiator

10:30 am – 12:00 noon

Concurrent Sessions

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

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

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

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.

Jean Pelletier and Kelly Bernadin-Dvorak, Jonah Community Projects

Additional project participants

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

The fundamental role of law in achieving reconciliation

The role of the legal profession in improving access to human rights justice

Naiomi Walgwan Metallic, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University
Koren Lightning-Earle, President, Indigenous Bar Association

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

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

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
Shirley Nepinak, Minegoziibe Anishinabe School
Dawn Wallin, University of Saskatchewan

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

Reconciliation and Cultural Differences (Panel)
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

UNDRIP as a Framework for Reconciliation (Panel)
David Langtry, Deputy Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission

Using the UN Declaration to advance Aboriginal rights, Treaty rights, and human rights

The Role of civil society in advancing domestic implementation of international obligations

How the UN Declaration informs the work of human rights commissions “on the ground”

Judge David Arnot, President of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA)
Craig Benjamin,
Amnesty International Canada
Isha Khan,
Acting Executive Director, Manitoba Human Rights Commission

Expanding the Toolbox (Panel)
Chair: Anna Snyder, Menno Simons College

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

Indigenous social innovation as a catalyst for reconciliation: Improving outcomes for children and families, Gladys Rowe, The Winnipeg Boldness Project

Discussant: Tracey Carr, University of Saskatchewan Preliminary Program – Pathways to Reconciliation

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

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)

Film Festival (Film)
Curated by Jaimie Isaac, Winnipeg Art Gallery Film

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

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
Fanie du Toit, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa

Healing (Panel)
Chair: Jonathan Dewar, Algoma University

Honouring our Sacred teachings, Sarah McArthur, Whitebear Education Complex, Carlyle, SK

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

Discussant: Cindy Smithers-Graeme, University of Western Ontario

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


Curator talk and Reception
Special Exhibit at Winnipeg Art Gallery

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



Next Steps on the Pathways
Featuring Stephen Kakfwi, former Premier of NWT, Scott Serson, former Deputy Minister of INAC, and other members of Canadians for a New Partnership.