2016 Walter Gordon Symposium

“Restoring Respectful Relationships: Designing a Royal Proclamation of Reconciliation”

Registration is now open for the 2016 Walter Gordon Symposium on Public Policy, which this year will be held at Massey College, the SPPG and Hart House on March 22 and 23.
You can register here.

The Symposium, a joint venture of Massey College and the School of Public Policy and Governance, engages with the central issue of our joint occupancy of this land: how do we move beyond words and promises to a new community bound by honour, dignity and understanding.

This year the symposium is organized in partnership with UofT’s Hart House and First Nations House and the collaboration of the Aboriginal Law Students Association and the Native Students Association.

Symposium content:

The Symposium will explore reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples in the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). More specifically, the symposium will examine Recommendation 45 of the Calls to Action: a royal proclamation that would mark a new beginning for Canada and First Nations.

Among the main issues discussed in the 4 panels and 2 roundtable discussions will figure:

  • The Doctrine of Discovery as an Impediment to Reconciliation
  • The Response of Educational Institutions to the TRC’s recommendations
  • Reconciling Aboriginal and Crown Legal Orders to Foster a Nation-to-Nation Relationship
  • Issues Surrounding Land and Treaty Relationships
  • The Role of the Churches in Canada’s response to the TRC
  • The implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a Framework for Reconciliation

A keynote event on March 22 at 8pm in the Music Room at Hart House will feature political leader, lawyer, former Ontario premier and Massey College Senior Fellow Bob Rae in a conversation with internationally acclaimed Mohawk conductor, composer and founder of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards John Kim Bell. The discussion will be moderated by Kim Stanton,  Legal Director of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund and Massey College Senior Fellow.

A closing community feast featuring reflections from UofT professor emeritus and member of the Oneida of the Thames First Nation-Turtle clan Eileen Antone, and a performance by signer and songwriter Rosary Spence will conclude the symposium on March 23 at 6pm in the Great Hall at Hart House. The evening will be hosted by student Trina Moyan.

How to attend?

Registration for all panels and symposium is free, and tickets for the closing dinner are sold at the price of $15 for students and $30 for general admission. Registration for individual panels and events can be done online at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/2016-walter-gordon-symposium-on-public-policy-9901490634