Beyond NDTR: ReconciliACTion

Join us January 25, 2024

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Incarceration & Justice

Panelists: Chris Simpson, Giselle Dias, Cliff Summers
Moderator: Bethany Williams

Our discussion will address the concerning high incarceration rates of Indigenous people in Canada, a consequence of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and the Indian Residential Schools' legacy. In line with Call to Action #30, we aim to shed light on the need to eliminate the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in custody.

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We wore our orange shirts, now what?

Now that we’ve observed the very first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and people are starting to learn truths about Indian Residential Schools and the colonization of Canada, we must continue to keep these truths at the forefront of our minds, and strive to make space for Indigenous voices and perspectives across the institution year-round.

It is crucial that we stay engaged in Reconciliation work at Western University, and interrogate the systems and structures that perpetuate settler-colonialism within this institution. 

On September 22, 2021, Western’s Indigenous Learning Circle, Biindigen, hosted a session on ReconciliACTion, encouraging participants to reflect critically upon their roles and responsibilities in Reconciliation. We drew key themes from this Padlet activity, to create an infographic.

Take a look below and see what you can get started on right away. Below the infographic you will find a link to TRC Report reading sessions hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Curating in the Department of Visual Arts in collaboration with the Theatre Studies at Western and as well as other resource, book, podcast and video recommendations.




TRC Report Cover


The TRC Report
The postdoctoral fellows at the Centre for Sustainable Curating in the Department of Visual Arts in collaboration with the Theatre Studies at Western program invite you to join us in a durational reading of the executive summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report (TRC), part of an initiative by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. Read more here

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Book Cover: Indigenous Intergenerational Resilience


Indigenous Intergenerational Resilience: Confronting Cultural & Ecological Crisis

This recently published book by Maori scholar Lewis Williams, Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies and Geography at Western "argues that there is a need to develop greater Indigenous-led intergenerational resilience in order to meet the challenges posed by contemporary crises of climate change, cultural clashes and adversity." 

Download the book here.







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