Today, we begin Indigenous Week at Massey College. Wednesday September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, a day to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honor the journey of survivors and their families and to commit to an ongoing process of reconciliation. You can read more about this initiative here.
A Welcome message, Special announcement, and Poem from Honourary Senior Fellow and Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Chief R. Stacey Laforme.
Throughout the week, we have an important programming focusing on current Indigenous issues: from the aftermath of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girl’s Inquiry to the emergence of Métis Rights, while discussing Treaties, Policing and the heritage of the Indian Act. Join us online:
Monday, September 28, 12:45pm
After an introduction by Dr. Stanton outlining the advocacy which led to the establishment of the National Inquiry, Christa Big Canoe will discuss the vision of the Inquiry and what it hoped to accomplish, followed by Gina Wilson’s outline of the steps being taken to develop a National Action Plan.
Christa Big Canoe, Legal Advocacy Director, Aboriginal Legal Services, Toronto, formerly Counsel to the MMIWG Inquiry
Dr. Kim Stanton, Senior Fellow at Massey College, Partner Goldblatt Partners Barristers and Solicitors
Gina Wilson, Deputy Minister, Government of Canada, head of the government’s core working group to develop a National Action Plan on Violence Against Aboriginal Women
Tuesday, September 29, 1:00pm
Peter Russell will provide an overview of Treaties in Canada, outlining their historical use and constitutional status, followed by Ceyda Turan, counsel to the seven First Nations who successfully challenged the terms of the 1923 Williams Treaties describing the Nations’ long battle for justice before and after the signing of the Treaties, and Commissioner Haldane who will highlight features of the making of modern treaties in BC.
Peter Russell, Senior Fellow at Massey College, Professor Emeritus, U of T
Ceyda Turan, Barrister and Solicitor, Toronto
Celeste Haldane, Chief Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission
Mary Eberts – Senior Fellow at Massey College, Counsel in several cases challenging status provisions
Wednesday, September 30, 4:00pm
Indigenous people have been the target of policing for centuries. The use of criminal law to undermine culture was a deliberate strategy and it created a culture of racist policing. It is a c case of overpolicing against come members of the communities (more likely to be arrested and for more serious charges and overrepresented in detention) and underpolicing where victims get no help (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry) – how to change that?
James Bird, Junior Fellow, Massey College
Nathalie Des Rosiers, Principal, Massey College
The Hon. Harry LaForme, Former Judge, Ontario Court of Appeal, Toronto
Stacey Laforme, Chief, Mississauga of the Credit First Nation
Thursday, October 1, 1:00pm
A conversation about the history of Métis in Canada, current challenges and the future.
Dr. Signa Daum Shanks, Senior Fellow at Massey College and Associate Professor/Director of Indigenous Outreach, Osgoode Hall Law School
Kia Dunn, Massey College Alumnus
Margaret Froh, President, Métis Nation of Ontario
Friday, October 2, 1:00pm
Jeannette Lavell will describe the experience of litigating her landmark case, and the work she has done preparing a membership code for the Chiefs of Ontario. Mary Eberts will provide a brief account of the long arc of cases challenging the Indian Act status provisions and legislative changes made as a result. Dr. Lavell-Harvard will consider the recent Bill S-3, aimed at eradicating all past discrimination against women and their descendants under the Act, and present efforts to secure implementation of S3.
Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, plaintiff in Canada’s first Supreme Court decision on the status provisions of the Indian Act, Attorney General of Canada v. Lavell  SCR
Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President of Ontario Native Women’s Association, Director, First Nations House of Learning, Trent University
Mary Eberts, Senior Fellow at Massey College, Counsel in several cases challenging status provisions
Friday, October 2, 4:00pm
We will have a short and physically distanced ceremony to end our week at Massey College. Places are limited in the Quadrangle, but join us if you can – RSVP HERE.