We’re thrilled to bring together four of Canada’s deepest thinkers on the issue of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in this country. Please join us in the Upper Library immediately following dinner for the panel discussion and conversation.
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinabe-kwe writer, media creator, curator, community animator, arts consultant and Idle No More organizer. She has over 15 years experience in the arts sector in Canada. She has published in many books and magazines and co-edited Intensions journal on The Resurgence of Indigenous Women’s Knowledge and Resistance in Relation to the Land and Territoriality: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Wanda was the Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor at OISE this year and the Curator-In-Residence at the Justine M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House.
Hayden King is Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchimnissing in Huronia, Ontario. He is the Director for the Centre of Indigenous Governance and an Assistant Professor of Politics at Ryerson University.Hayden’s teaching focus is on Canadian History, Indigenous Politics, International Relations and Political Economy. Hayden also developed a diverse research program that focuses on land and resource management in the Canadian north, (mis)representation of Indigenous peoples in mainstream media, the political economy of reconciliation in Canada, and an Anishinaabe theory of International Relations.
Victoria Freeman is a Canadian of British settler heritage and is the author of Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America. As an activist, community organizer, writer/theatre artist, public speaker, academic historian and teacher, she seeks to educate herself and facilitate learning for others on decolonization and reconciliation in Canada. She currently teaches in the Canadian Studies Program at Glendon College and in the History Dept. at York University.
Harsh Zaran is first and foremost, a father of two young children. Since arriving from India as a young adult, he has lived on Coast Salish territories, Algonquin territory, and Haudenosaunee territory. His graduate studies were in international law, human rights and global affairs. He has conducted research with indigenous Kichwa communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and with the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the role of non-white settlers in the reconciliation process. He has delivered presentations and facilitated workshops for Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences on human rights, transitional justice, governance, reconciliation, and conflict resolution. He is currently working on some writing projects.