Residential Schools and Cultural Genocide:

The Truth and Reconciliation Report and the Academy

Professor Suzanne Stewart (OISE) and Elder Jacqui Lavalley

Friday, 2 October
12 – 2 pm
SS 2127

Lunch provided, please register here:

http://anthropology.utoronto.ca/events/residential-schools-and-cultural-genocide/

The release in June of the Truth and Reconciliation’s report on residential schools is one of the most important events in Canada’s history—but one quick to fade from mainstream news. Among the findings was that that the practice of residential schools amounted to “cultural genocide” against Indigenous people, and that Canada needed to move from “apology to action.” What does this mean for the U of T community and beyond? How can Canadian educational institutions move from complicity to action? How can the TRC report be used to confront colonialism in Canada—and build momentum for a more just society?

Suzanne Stewart is Associate Professor of Indigenous healing in Counseling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto, where she is also Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education and Coordinator of the Indigenous Education Initiative. Elder Jacqui Lavalley is a residential school survivor.

Co-sponsored by the Development Seminar and Geography Intersections, with support from the Faculty of Arts and Science, Departments of Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology.

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