Vancouver Island University Indigenous Speakers Series
Start date: 1 November, 2016
End date: 31 December, 2016
Vancouver Island University (VIU), in partnership with The Laurier Institution and CBC Radio One Ideas, hosts an annual, ongoing speakers’ series focused on reconciliation and engagement with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Beginning in the fall of 2015, the series marked the release of the final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The annual lectures feature inspiring keynote speakers of national import, and are hosted by VIU’s Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation with involvement from the Shqwi Qwal for Indigenous Dialogue, currently Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.
Nature of the Project Reach
The project invites community members to join in a conversation about reconciliation with Canada's First Peoples.
One of VIU’s core values is to work closely with our Indigenous partners to create strong, reciprocal and supportive relationships. The Indigenous Speakers Series is an example of how we are working with Indigenous peoples to find creative ways to meet one of the most critical challenges of our time – reconciliation with Canada’s First People. Through the series we aim to create a safe space where difficult, thought-provoking conversations can be had on the topic of reconciliation, and VIU can continue to work to remove cultural and societal barriers though education and dialogue.
Vancouver Island University welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other educational institutions and Indigenous organizations to promote and participate in the Indigenous Speakers Series.