Monday, May 28, 2018
“Gathering diversities” — a compelling Congress theme…and a national provocation for Canada! Our positive national image as a diverse country follows a century and a half of public policies and educational omissions aimed to wipe out diversity. The recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) reveals the glaring gaps that persist between the realities of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Can diversity now serve as an agent for ongoing reconciliation needed to address historical failings? Former TRC Commissioner, Marie Wilson, explores the issue through the lens of her TRC experiences and life in Northern Canada.
Marie Wilson is an award-winning journalist, trainer, executive leader, teacher, lecturer and consultant. She served as a Commissioner of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada from 2009 to 2015. A 2016 Professor of Practice at McGill University’s Institute for Study of International Development, a Mentor for the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, a Rideau Hall Foundation Director, and public speaker throughout Canada and internationally, she remains passionate about the role of education and public service in advancing reconciliation. Wilson holds honorary degrees from five Canadian universities, and is a recipient of the Order of the Northwest Territories, the Order of Canada and the Meritorious Service Cross.
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