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Know One Another: Where do (settler) Muslims Begin?A Conversation with Elder Joanne Dallaire

Following the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, which includes an emphasis on Education and Reconciliation, Canadian Muslim settlers acknowledge that as a collective, we too have a moral, civic and human responsibility to understand what reconciliation looks like, and how we can work towards friendship with First Peoples. We believe that one of the ways of doing this is by learning from, engaging with, and centering the voices of the First Peoples of Turtle Island, especially those of traditional knowledge keepers.

As we embark on this path of learning, this first event will allow us to engage in a conversation with Elder Joanne Dallaire, who will draw on core values and teachings to provide (settler) Muslims with guidance on principles for cross-cultural exchange. jeewan chanicka, a pioneer in friendship building with First Peoples, will offer a short reflection. We hope that through this conversation, members of the Muslim community will learn about the impacts Indigeneous Peoples have had on this land, and how we can build meaningful relationships between urban Indigenous Peoples and (settler) Muslims in the GTA.

We want to acknowledge this event is being held on the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. This territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

About Elder Joanne

Joanne Dallaire's ancestry is Cree, Omushkego from Attawapiskat, Ontario.

Joanne has made extraordinary contributions in the areas of counselling, advising and educating on Aboriginal concerns and empowering and capacity building within the Aboriginal community and non-Aboriginal community at large. She has dedicated her career to serving the Aboriginal community and advocating for change in terms of broader societal relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Joanne has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws in the Community Service Faculty at Ryerson University in recognition of her life’s work, the Minaake Award for Leadership, the Herbert H. Carnegie Award for Courage and the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Award – Aboriginal Affairs Award.

She currently sits as the Elder for Ryerson University, Ryerson’s Aboriginal Education Council, their Truth and Reconciliation Directive and as a Traditional counselor at Ryerson’s Aboriginal Student Services Traditional counselor at Ryerson’s Aboriginal Student Services.

About jeewan chanicka

jeewan is currently in the role of Central Coordinating Principal of Equity and Achievement in TDSB. Over the past several years and recently through Education related Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he has committed to building relationships with Indigenous communities and understanding the roles of Muslim settlers in building strong ties and fulfilling responsibilities towards Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Muslims.

Light refreshments will be served.This venue is wheelchair accessible.

We'd like to thank our sponsor Islamic Relief Canada for supporting this event.

For more information, please email sanaa.ali.mohammed@gmail.com.

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