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.”
Chief Robert Joseph - Thursday, April 4 at the Capitol Theatre
Join us for an important conversation about faith, hope, healing and reconciliation. Chief Joseph is currently the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and a member of the National Assembly of First Nations lders Council. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and is an honourary witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
As Chairman of the Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation and Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation with the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IFWP), Chief Joseph has sat with the leaders of South Africa, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia and Washington, DC to learn from and share his experience.
Jordan Abel - Abel presented 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.
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.