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
Practical Examples
Language and Culture
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Registration OPEN
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Exhibits OPEN
9:00 - 9:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Claudette Commanda, CEO, FNCCEC
Ryan Shackleton, CEO, Know History

9:30 - 10:45 AM

Keynote: Kimberly Murray, BA, LL.B, LL.M, IPC

Kimberly Murray will discuss her ongoing work as the Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites.

10:45 - 11:00 AM
Health Break
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
History on Trial

On this panel, speakers will discuss how questioning and reframing our understanding of the past can shed new light on contemporary Indigenous issues.

Bruce McIvor, Partner, First Peoples Law
Jean Teillet, Senior Counsel, Pape Salter Teillet

Language Revitalization

This panel will feature speakers who have integrated historical research into their work on Language Revitalization.

Claudette Commanda, CEO, FNCCEC
Stanley Peltier, Ojibwa Language Teacher/Philosopher

12:15 - 1:15 PM
1:15 - 2:30 PM
An Incomplete Record

Learn about what records exist to support communities conducting research into residential schools and the gaps in the historical record.

Jesse Boiteau, Senior Archivist and Acting Head of Archives, NCTR
Jean-Pierre Morin, Departmental Historian, Crown Indigenous Relations
Dr. Crystal Fraser, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Native Studies, University of Alberta

Practical Examples

Analyzing case studies of high-profile renaming projects, this panel will showcase how organizations are working to replace harmful colonial place names with Indigenous ones.

Edna Elias, Former Commissioner of Nunavut
Dillon Johnson, Executive Council Member, Tla’amin Nation

2:30 - 2:45 PM
Health Break
2:45 - 4:00 PM
Oral History in the Courts

This panel will feature discussions with legal experts about how oral history is being used to support Indigenous truths in the courtroom. 

The Honourable Leonard S. Tony Mandamin, Retired Judge of the Federal Court, Trial Division
Kristin Kozar,  Interim Executive Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

History and Sharing of Culture Through Tourism

Indigenous Tourism providers are sharing their culture and history with tourists in record numbers. Together, they will discuss how history can be leveraged to provide tourists with authentic experiences.

Sébastien Desnoyers-Picard, Vice-President, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)
Darlene Brander, CEO, Wanuskewin
Carl Smith, Tourist Operator, Brokenhead Sky Wind Tours

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