There must be truth before reconciliation. The Chapel Royal Symposium is committed to exploring the relationships established by the Treaty of Niagara (1764) and the Silver Covenant Chain of Friendship. Established by Junior Fellows and members of the Quadrangle Society alongside the creation of the Chapel Royal by Queen Elizabeth II on June 21st, 2017, the symposium is dedicated to exploring essential truths of the relationships between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples throughout the centuries.
This year’s symposium is a two-day conversation about significance in ceremony: Day 1 is a teaching on ceremony and Day 2 is ceremony in practice.
April 2nd, 8pm ~ Keynote Lecture, Rick Hill — Upper Library
Rick Hill is of the Tuscarora Nation, Beaver Clan. He is a curator, writer, story-teller, the Founding Coordinator of Deyohahá:ge – Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic, and a Distinguished Fellow-Adjunct Professor at Mohawk College. Rick will share with us some of his knowledge around significance of ceremony and protocol, including the role of the Queen and her representatives as “Keepers” of the protocols.
April 3rd, 9:30am ~ Breakfast & Medicine Garden Tour — Upper Library & Beyond…
Come for a convivial breakfast at Massey, followed by a tour to U of T’s Indigenous Student Association medicine garden, led by Roy Strebel, ISA Bear Clan Leader, and a teaching on the smudging ceremony by ISA students, including Junior Fellow Audrey Rochette. Attendance at the keynote lecture is strongly encouraged as preparation for this teaching of ceremony in practice.
April 3rd, 1:15pm ~ In-Conversation, Leigh Kern — Chapel
Returning to Massey’s Chapel Royal, we will hear from Reverend Leigh Kern, Co-ordinator of Indigenous Ministries and Reconciliation Animator for the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, exploring significance in Anglican ceremony, and navigating the settler and Indigenous worlds. The dialogue will begin with a smudging, led by Leigh, who has been gifted this teaching.
Chapel Royal Symposium Co-Chairs are Audrey Rochette, Sandra Shaul, Nathan Tidridge, and Clara MacCallum Fraser.