Not Just a Symbolic Day! Truth and Reconciliation Commission Observance Day on September 18

2013 CTLT Institute: May 27 - May 31

May 27, 2013
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - Seminar Room 2.22A/B

Facilitator(s): Amy Perreault, Rick Ouellet, Rima Wilkes


Currently registered: 15/25

Brought to you by: CTLT

The University of British Columbia is dedicated to developing a better understanding of Indian Residential School histories, the policies that guided the operations of the schools, and their effects upon individuals and communities. The speakers believe that an acknowledgement and understanding of this history is necessary to the development of more functional and productive dialogues about our future that benefit all Canadians. For this reason, the University will be suspending most classes on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 so that students, professors, and other members of the university community may more fully participate in this historic event.

In preparation for the National Event on September 18-21, and the suspension of classes on the 18th, UBC professors, students, and organizations are engaging in a series of events and initiatives.

Please join us to share your ideas and learn what others on campus are doing in in preparation of this symbolic event.


Rima Wilkes is Associate Professor of Sociology at UBC where she teaches both large and small classes in Canadian Society, Social Movements and Survey Methods. She has also spent the last several years giving seminars on these subjects at the UBC Learning Exchange. Currently, Wilkes is working with the UBC FNHL-Arts Committee to publicize UBC events surrounding the September 18-21 Vancouver meeting of the Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Rick Ouellet is the Student and Community Development Officer at the First Nations House of Learning. In this role, he is responsible for developing and managing programs and services for Aboriginal students and fostering a vibrant and inclusive community at the Longhouse. Rick grew up in the upper Athabasca Métis community and was fortunate to be exposed to his ancestral culture and worldview. He has taught post secondary classes since 2005, mostly in First Nation studies, and is passionate about bridging the academic and Aboriginal (Métis) worlds. Mr. Ouellet, a descendant of the Aboriginal families evicted from Jasper National Park in 1910/11, is currently working on a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Amy Perreault is the Strategist for Aboriginal Initiatives at CTLT where she works with staff, faculty groups, training programs for teaching assistants, new faculty, and administrators, to support the development of a higher standard of professionalism in conducting discussions of Aboriginal and other contentious social issues in curricular settings. Amy is a co-developer and researcher for What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom and manages the development of Indigenous Foundations. Work on these projects clearly identify the complexities and challenges of classroom conversations involving contentious cross-cultural discussions, and in specific discourse around Aboriginal curriculum.

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