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Panel to discuss reconciliation with First Nations

A panel will discuss the impact of the residential school system on First Peoples of Canada before UWindsor students, faculty, and staff at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the CAW Student Centre Commons.

Panelists Myrna Kicknosway, Windsor Law’s elder in residence; Valarie Waboose, assistant professor in the Faculty of Law; and Cynthia Stirbys, assistant professor in the School of Social Work; will discuss how Canadians can be a part of the reconciliation process, working towards a stronger and healthier future.

Vicki Jay Leung, a reference librarian in the Paul Martin Law Library, is one of the organizers. She says the event arose from consideration of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“The TRC panel discussion represents the culmination of the work of the TRC Reading Circle that started at the law school, where we discussed extracts from the TRC executive summary and the calls to justice from the Murdered and Missing Women and Girls report with students and staff who were interested in better understanding the impacts of residential schools and the treatment of indigenous peoples,” says Leung. “By the knowledge keepers sharing their stories with the greater campus community, we hope that everyone can also benefit from their stories and insights.”

This event, hosted by the TRC Reading Circle and sponsored by the Faculty of Law; Paul Martin Law Library; and Office of Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility; is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event website.

—Rachelle Prince

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