Indigenous Services at Selkirk College is leading the conversation about Truth and Reconciliation with a speaker series that brings Indigenous wisdom to the forefront.
Selkirk College isproviding the wider community with opportunities for learning to help people new gain perspectives and guidance from diverse distinguished National Indigenous leaders. The speakers series has been themed into different topics relating to several the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action.
“As a regional college we’ve had this amazing opportunity to invite the wider community together for shared learning during this important time of change,” says Jessica Morin, Indigenous Services Liaison. “The speakers that we have selected invite everyone to consider how Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing can benefit our whole society, and look at a new path forward.”
Jordan Abel - Join us for a compelling talk about Indigeneity, intergenerational trauma, reconciliation and creative work. As Sam McKegney writes in Magic Weapons, “the residential school haunts Native literature in Canada.” Jordan Abel asks what it means to be Indigenous, what it means to be an intergenerational survivor of residential schools, and what it looks like to be at the intersection of Creative Writing, Digital Humanities, and Indigenous Studies.
Learn more about this event on March 16 on the Castlegar Campus from 7 to 9 p.m.
Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams - Adams is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia. Also an actor, his commanding presence was felt on the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson on March 7, 2018. He spoke passionately about how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action can be implemented in our health care system.
Dr. Leroy Little Bear - Dr. Little Bear is an internationally renowned scholar at the forefront of Indigenous education. He recently received the Alberta Order of Excellence, is the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, holds honourary doctoral degrees from the University of Lethbridge and the University of Northern British Columbia, is recognized as an Eminent Scholar in his community and has received an Urban Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement award from the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge. On April 4, 2018 at the Civic Theatre in Nelson, Dr. Little Bear was a shining example of scholarship, leadership, collaboration and advocacy.