2016 Keynote Address

Not So Perfect Strangers
Investigating a Shared History in Service of Reconciliation

What is remembered and what is forgotten in the study of Indigenous people and the study of Canada?  Do dominant stories of Canadian history encourage Canadians to distance themselves from and abdicate their responsibility for the inequities that exist in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada?  In this talk, Dr. Dion explores the tensions that emerge in the intersection of speaking and hearing across difference and illuminates the challenges of crossing cultural boundaries in service of reconciliation. 

A little more about our speaker:Susan Dion Photo

Dr. Susan D. Dion is an Indigenous scholar (Potawatami /Lenape) who has been working in the field of education for thirty years. Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto her research interests include Decolonizing and Indigenizing education; Urban Indigenous Education; and violence prevention in Indigenous communities. Dr. Dion works in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board Aboriginal Education Centre and the Ontario Ministry of Education on research and program development. She is widely consulted by diverse community groups, workplaces, and institutions on developing methods for building more equitable, respectful relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people. Dr. Dion’s book titled Braiding Histories: Learning from Aboriginal Peoples’ Experiences and Perspectives is available from University of British Columbia Press.