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Sharing the Land Sharing the Future

Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future

National Forum hosted at U of M will mark the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

November 1, 2016 — 

In 1996 the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) published their final report that set out a 20-year agenda for implementing changes. The report included hundreds of recommendations with the primary purpose of seeking an answer to one over-riding question: What are the foundations of a fair and honourable relationship between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people of Canada?

Held on November 2-4, 2016 at the U of M Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future National Forum marks the 20th anniversary of that final report of the RCAP. The conference will bring together Indigenous scholars from across Canada.

“The University of Manitoba is honoured to continue the critical conversation on Reconciliation through hosting and sponsoring this national academic forum,” said David T. Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba. “I am confident this forum will bring together a number of important voices and perspectives to meaningfully move our nation forward.”

This dialogue and conference is being jointly organized by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and Queen’s University.

“The recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples from 20 years ago remain relevant today,” says Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the U of M. “This forum is an opportunity to revisit those recommendations under the light of the TRC findings and moving forward in Reconciliation.”

The conference seeks to explore and extend the knowledge available from RCAP and the experiences of the last 20 years. The conference will feature a series of keynotes and interactive sessions where all participants will contribute to developing a set of recommended priorities for all sectors of Canadian society. This National Forum also marks the renewal of the rich RCAP database of research and testimony that will contribute to public education and to evidence-based deliberations about how to best move forward.

Conference sponsors are: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, University of Manitoba, Dalhousie University, and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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