Last year in May, 2017, a unique conference titled "Building Bridges Between Canada's Indigenous and Newcomer Groups" was held at Thunderbird House in Winnipeg. The event resulted from discussions on Canada’s 150th and the conflicting senses of pride, frustration, pain and hope alongside the important work of welcoming and successfully settling newcomers to Canada; as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action that mandated a more inclusive history of Indigenous experiences and the history of residential schools in the newcomer information kit, citizenship test and oath.
Zita De Sousa graduates this spring from Robson Hall Faculty of Law, intent on pursuing a career in the criminal justice system. On Monday, May 15 at the 2018 Students’ Teacher Recognition Reception (STRR), she expressed heartfelt thanks to two teachers who inspired her in the face of adversity to achieve her goals. Selected as the Faculty of Law’s Outstanding Student for this year’s STRR, she in turn chose her grade 12 student advisor and English teacher from Maples Collegiate, Ms. Debbie Boyko, and Faculty of Law Associate Professor Richard Jochelson to stand with her as Outstanding Teachers.
Brenda Gunn, an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law, has worked for years in the area of International Indigenous Rights Advocacy, attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at least 10 times in the past 14 years. Each time, she attends in some capacity to present, learn, discuss, or raise awareness of international issues affecting Indigenous people in Canada. This April 17, she organized and participated in a side-event at the Forum, which served to share different perspectives on the theme of lands and resources.