Tetpawtihkene [Wolastoqey – “Let’s realign our path towards a shared vision”]
Ilsu’teka’tiqw [Mi’kmaq – “Re-aligning our path and coming together toward a new direction”]
A New Path, A Shared Vision, A New Direction

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September 27th-29th
Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall – St. Thomas University

The conference is part of a series of events to address how St. Thomas University can participate in meeting the demands of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Wednesday, September 27th
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A new path for communities: Working together and becoming allies

  • Opening Prayer and Greeting Recognizing Traditional Territory
  • Welcome
  • Keynote – Eddy Robinson, “Working Together and Becoming Allies”
    Eddy Robinson has dedicated his life to helping institutions develop an appreciation of Indigenous people. He approaches becoming an Indigenous ally through grounding learners with his personal insight to the Indigenous narrative in Canada and culturally safe methodologies of inclusivity and Indigenous ways of knowing to help form and foster better relationships with Indigenous people and communities.
  • Panel discussion with Chief Patricia Bernard of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, Elder Gilbert Sewell of the Pabineau First Nation(Mi'kmaq), and Patsy McKinney (representing the NB Aboriginal Peoples Council).
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Wrap-up
Thursday, September 28th
9:00 am – 12 Noon
A shared vision for students: The two-eyed seeing approach
  • Opening Prayer and Greeting Recognizing Traditional Territory
  • Keynote – Rebecca Thomas, “Etuaptmumk: The Two-Eyed Seeing   Approach”
    Etuaptmumk is the Mi’kmaw word for two-eyed seeing which refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing, and then learning to use both eyes together for the benefit of all. Spoken-word artist and Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas is the Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services at the Nova Scotia Community College.
  • Panel discussion with students Mandy Richard, Trish Arcaro, and Philippe Ferland.
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Wrap-up
1:00 pm –  4:30 pm (Lower Courtyard)
Celebration of Indigenous Culture
  • Traditional teachings, songs, drumming, poetry, art, dance, music, and food.
Friday, September 29th
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A new direction for curriculum: Incorporating Indigenous content

  • Opening Prayer and Greeting Recognizing the Traditional Territory
  • Keynote – Dr. Marie Battiste, “Incorporating Indigenous Content”
    Dr. Battiste is a Mi'kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia and professor at the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nationally recognized expert on Aboriginal life-long learning, decolonizing and indigenizing the academy, and violence prevention and anti-bullying in schools.
  • Panel discussion with Dr. Kathleen McConnell, Dr. Andrea Bear Nicholas, and Prof. Natasha Simon.
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Wrap-up
  • Closing
  • Lunch
For further information, please contact Dr. Kim Fenwick at vpacademic@stu.ca.