Reconciliation at risk of becoming a buzzword, says NCTR director

February 22, 2017

“What role can and should universities play in reconciliation efforts between Canadian institutions and Indigenous communities? What’s working well and what needs to change?” asks Natalie Samson as she reflects on conversations that were central to Converge 2017, a two-day symposium hosted by Universities Canada earlier this month. Samson recounts how Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, expressed concern at the conference that the term “reconciliation” has become a buzzword with no real action behind it. Robina Thomas, director of Indigenous academic and community engagement at the University of Victoria, reportedly used her time at the conference to identify several “actionable deeds” for universities to perform, such as developing required courses that provide students with the “knowledge of the imperial impact on Indigenous communities” and the “deep systemic violence” waged against them. The article goes on to highlight a number of other perspectives expressed at the symposium. University Affairs