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TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION: BUILDING COMMUNITY FROM INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES

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TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION: BUILDING COMMUNITY FROM INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES

The Fall 2017 Sauvé Forum Series on Social Connectedness and International Development continues!

The report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued calls to action across multiple sectors. Join us for an inspiring conversation with Indigenous leaders who are driving efforts to build capacity within their communities, grounded in the strengths of their languages, cultures and knowledge.

Guest Speakers:

Becky Cook, Misipawistik Cree Nation: Becky Cook is from Misipawistik Cree Nation and was raised on the lands and waters surrounding Misipawistik and Lake Winnipeg. In addition to working with Elders and knowledge holders in her home community to develop a land-based education program for youth, Becky also works with the Northern Manitoba Food Culture and Community Collaborative to help them better understand northern living and culturally appropriate ways of working. She holds a PhD in Marine Geophysics and Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Manitoba.

Gabrielle Hughes, DPhil candidate, University of Oxford: Gabrielle Hughes is a member of the Wampanoag Nation. She grew up in Newfoundland, where she had close ties with the Mi’kmaq Nation, for whom she is a traditional drum carrier. Gabrielle is currently completing her DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford on Indigenous video games as sites of resistance and as opportunities for the protection of traditional knowledge.

Abraham Jolly, Director General, Cree School Board, Mistissini, Quebec: Abraham Jolly is Director General of the Cree School Board in Mistissini, Quebec, which provides pre-school, elementary and secondary education to James Bay Cree youth and supports Cree adults in their pursuit of post-secondary education, continuing education and vocational training. As an independent First Nation school board recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, it also develops programs and pedagogical materials in Cree, French and English following Quebec Education Program guidelines.

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Celine Thomas, Social Connectedness Fellow 2017; Policy Analyst and Researcher, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness: Celine Thomas is a recent graduate from McGill University with a degree in International Development. Over the course of her degree, Celine worked on several youth empowerment initiatives, working with organizations such as AIESEC, McGill Women in Leadership and the Canadian Red Cross. This past summer, she was a Social Connectedness Fellow focusing research on mental health policies and services at McGill. She also worked in the Cree Nation of Mistissini, helping to run a literacy camp for youth. Celine now works as a Policy Analyst and Researcher for the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness.

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Kim Samuel, Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University; President, The Samuel Family Foundation: Kim Samuel is Professor of Practice at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University and Chair and President of The Samuel Family Foundation, focused on building community-driven, collaborative partnerships addressing diverse challenges across the globe. Ms. Samuel is a pioneer in the field of social connectedness and its significance to inclusive policy development on a global scale. She is a prominent speaker, commentator, and author featured regularly in the Huffington Post. In 2014, and again in October 2016, she convened the Global Symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness. Ms. Samuel also designed and delivered the first academic course in this emerging field to graduating students in international studies at McGill beginning in 2016, and is teaching a new cohort in 2017.


For more information, please visit socialconnectedness.org and jeannesauve.org.

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