Residential Schools and Cultural Genocide

Date(s) - 02/10/2015
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SS 2125

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Professor Suzanne Stewart (OISE) and Elder Jacqui Lavalley
Residential Schools and Cultural Genocide: The Truth and Reconciliation Report and the Academy
Development Seminar
12:00-2:00pm, SS 2125, 100 St. George St.
A light lunch will be provided, please register below.

The release in June of the Truth and Reconciliation’s report on residential schools is one of the most important events in Canada’s history-but one quick to fade from mainstream news. Among the findings was that that the practice of residential schools amounted to “cultural genocide” against Indigenous people, and that Canada needed to move from “apology to action.” What does this mean for the U of T community and beyond? How can Canadian educational institutions move from complicity to action? How can the TRC report be used to confront colonialism in Canada-and build momentum for a more just society?

Suzanne Stewart is Associate Professor of Indigenous healing in Counseling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto, where she is also Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education and Coordinator of the Indigenous Education Initiative. Elder Jacqui Lavallee is a residential school survivor.

The Development Seminar is an interdisciplinary initiative that critically examines issues of global inequality, postcolonial politics, and power in the Global South, broadly conceived. Guest speakers bring theoretical questions into tension with their innovative research – on issues that include rural and urban livelihoods, planning, public health, gender, security, and finance.

The Seminar is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Science, with additional support from the Departments of Anthropology, Geography, and Political Science. This year’s seminar coordinators are Mark Hunter (Associate Professor, Geography, UTSC) and Jacob Nerenberg (Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, St. George).


This event is fully booked.