Program subject to change.

Refreshments and a light breakfast will be available at the start of the day.

Program Streams:

Historic Claims
Residential and Day Schools
Place and Naming
Language and Culture
8:00 AM - 2:45 PM
Registration OPEN
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Exhibits OPEN
9:00 - 9:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Elder Stanley Peltier, Ojibwa Language Teacher/Philosopher

9:30 - 10:45 AM

Keynote: Tanya Talaga

Award-winning Anishinaabe journalist, speaker, and filmmaker Tanya Talaga will speak about the lasting impacts of residential schools and the path forward.

10:45 - 11:00 AM
Health Break
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Sharing the Stories

Hear from Indigenous leaders who are working with their communities to commemorate the history of residential schools for future generations.

Laura Arndt, Secretariat Lead, Survivors’ Secretariat
Kristin Kozar,  Interim Executive Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
David McAtackney, Research Manager and Oral Testimony Program Co-Lead at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, University of British Columbia
Brenda Gunn, Academic and Research Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)


Names Matter

Explore the value of instituting Indigenous place names from leaders who are returning traditional names to the landscape. 

Dr. Lauren Beck, Professor, Hispanic Studies, Visual & Material Culture, Mount Allison University
Dr. Keith Carlson, Research Chair in Indigenous and Community-Engaged History, University of Saskatchewan
Naxaxalhts’i, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie, Cultural Advisor/Historian, Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre

12:15 - 1:15 PM
1:15 - 2:30 PM
Funding Research to Support Historic Claims

Accessing funding for historic research can be complex. This panel will offer practical advice on how Nations can access funding, including the benefits and drawbacks of different funding programs.

Chris Roine, Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Nadir André, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Simon Gibson, Senior Vice President, National Leader, Legal Expense Insurance, Aon

Supporting Indigenous Self-Determination in Museums

Indigenous history in the museum space needs fixing. Listen to Indigenous and non-Indigenous museum professionals as they share avenues for change.

Heather George, Executive Director, Woodland Cultural Centre
Janis Kahentóktha Monture, Executive Director & CEO, Canadian Museums Association
Caroline Dromaguet, President & CEO, Canadian Museum of History

2:30 - 2:45 PM
Health Break
2:45 - 4:00 PM
Survivors Panel

Adeline Webber, Chair, Yukon Residential School Missing Children Project
Roberta Hill, Survivor and Board of Directors Member, Survivors’ Secretariat
Elder Jim Desrochers, Métis Residential School Survivor from Île-à-la-Crosse


4:00 - 4:30 PM
Closing Remarks

Brenda Gunn, Academic and Research Director, NCTR
Ryan Shackleton, CEO, Know History

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