Reconciliation at Canadian universities focus of upcoming lecture

A Brock University public lecture will discuss what reconciliation looks like for Canadian universities.

Hosted by Indigenous Educational Studies in Brock’s Faculty of Education, the lecture will be presented by Indigenous scholar, award-winning writer and activist Niigaan Sinclair on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Goodman School of Business Atrium.

Sinclair, who is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis), holds the Faculty of Arts Professorship in Indigenous Knowledge and Aesthetics in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Named to Maclean’s Power List in 2022 as one of the most influential individuals in Canada alongside his father Murray Sinclair, Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Sinclair writes for The Winnipeg Free Press and is regularly featured on CBC’s Power & Politics.

Sheila Cote-Meek, Professor and Director of Indigenous Educational Studies at Brock, said Sinclair’s perspectives will offer valuable insight on the path of decolonization at Canadian higher education institutions, including Brock.

“As a well-known Indigenous studies scholar and leader at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Sinclair brings his experience as an Indigenous faculty member paired with his deep knowledge of Indigenous culture and insight on reconciliation,” Cote-Meek said.

Registration for the in-person event is required through Brock University Tickets. For those that are unable to attend, a livestream link will be shared with registrants the morning of the event.

More event information can be found on ExperienceBU.

This event is generously sponsored by the Offices of the Deans, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Math and Science; Hadiyaˀdagénhahs First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Centre; Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic; Office of the Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement; and Office of the Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning. Human Rights and Equity will provide an American Sign Language interpreter during the event.

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