September 30th is recognized federally as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, calling on everyone who lives in Canada to reflect on our responsibilities to support and heal alongside Indigenous communities enduring settler colonialism.
Since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Report in 2015, the Yellowhead Institute reports that only 11 of the 94 Calls to Action have been completed. We recognize that this work cannot be done overnight. Decolonizing our hearts and minds requires us to reflect on the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples and communities, and work year round to further personal and systemic reconciliation tasks.
Atlohsa and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives have partnered to invite you to learn and unlearn with us through our month-long speaker series entitled ReconciliACTION: An (Un)Learning Series, offered at various colonial and Indigenized spaces across the city. We invite you to learn with us as we journey together towards radical truth telling and self-reflection to reconcile Canada’s ongoing settler colonialism with the loving future we envision for our communities. All are welcome.
Dr. Thomas Peace
Associate professor of History, Huron University College
Associate Professor of Archaeology, Western University
Archaeology Lab Supervisor, Western University
Holistic Consultant, FIT Teacher, Reiki Master, Author, and Motivational Speaker
Monty McGahey II
Anishinaabemowin language teacher at Antler River Elementary School
Anishinaabemowin teacher at London Secondary schools that reside on Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg and Lenape territories
Fluent Ojibway speaker, a survivor of the residential school system, a knowledge keeper, and a certified Ontario teacher
Life long language speaker from the Oneida Nation
Anishinaabemowin language teacher
Oneida language teacher within the community
Chief Jacqueline French
Chief of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation
Dr. Eva Jewell
Research Director at Yellowhead Institute, a First Nation-led policy think tank housed in the Faculty of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University
Post-Secondary Department Manager at the Southern First Nations Secretariat
Joe Antone MSW, RSW
Clinical lead for Atlohsa's Biigajiiskaan: Indigenous Pathways to Mental Wellness program