VIU Hosts a Conversation on the Future of Reconciliation in Canada

The Future of Reconciliation in Canada A VIU Conversation

April 13, 2022 - 5:00pm

What: The Future of Reconciliation in Canada: A VIU Conversation

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 10-11:30 am 

Where: Online (Zoom webinar)


Reconciliation is a complex concept with a variety of definitions, meaning different things to different people, but one thing many agree upon is that for reconciliation to become a reality, significant structural and societal changes are needed.

Reconciliation and collaboration with Indigenous communities are woven into the fabric of Vancouver Island University’s five-year Strategic Plan, People, Place, Potential. As part of the University’s key commitment to do more to honour Indigenous students, employees and communities, and deepen our understanding of Indigenous knowledges, this virtual dialogue will bring together partners in the philanthropic, private, public and academic sectors. 

Join us on Wednesday, April 20 from 10 – 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) for a conversation on moving forward in a good way with the following presenters: 

  • Dr. Deborah Saucier, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Michael Calvert, Interim Chair of VIU’s Indigenous Commitments Committee (moderator)
  • Bruce Lawson, Executive Director of the Counselling Foundation
  • of Canada
  • Wanda Brascoupe Kennedy, Founder of the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund
  • Victoria Grant, Founder of the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund
  • Udlu Hanson, VP of Community and Strategic Development with Baffinland Iron Mines
  • Gina Wilson, Deputy Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Youth, Women and Gender Equality Canada
  • Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Jessica Wood, Associate Deputy Minister, Declaration Act Secretariat, Government of BC

Short presentations from panelists will be followed by a Q&A period. Register here:



Jenn McGarrigle, External Communications Manager, Vancouver Island University

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