Towards Reconciliation Videos on CPAC
The IOG hosted the Towards Reconciliation symposium on October 15-16 in Toronto in order to revisit where Indigenous governance is heading in light of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) report. Towards Reconciliation brought together key stakeholders from Indigenous communities, institutions, the public sector, and academia. Discussions were focused on three key themes:
- Nation re-building: restructuring the relationship
- Economic empowerment, lands, resources, wealth creation and redistribution
- Closing the economic and social gaps
The Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) was on the scene to capture footage of speakers and panels during the event that is now posted on their website. These videos include:
- A speech by Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer;
- A panel featuring Paul Chartrand (Former RCAP Commissioner), Scott Serson (Former Deputy Minister, AANDC), Phil Fontaine (Former National Chief, AFN) and Fred Wien (Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University) who examine the original aspirations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples;
- A keynote address by Ian Binnie, Former Supreme Court Justice;
- A panel on “Advancing Ongoing Reconciliation Efforts”, featuring Sophie Pierre (Chief Commissioner, B.C. Treaty Commission), Gary Lipinski (President, Métis Nation of Ontario), Joe Wild (Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treaties and Aboriginal Government, AANDC) and Marie Wilson (Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission);
- A panel on “The Future of Indigenous Governance,” featuring Kim Baird (Former Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation), Matthew Coon Come (Grand Chief of the Cree Nation), Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux (Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives, Lakehead University) and Jason Madden (Pape Salter Teillet LLP);
- A panel on “Advancing Reconciliation Efforts in Ontario through Wealth Creation” featuring David De Launay (Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs, Ontario), Gord Peters (Grand Chief, Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Aboriginal Affairs), Steve Morse (CEO, Métis Voyageur Development Fund) and Stan Beardy (Ontario Regional Chiefs, Chiefs of Ontario);
- A keynote address by Bob Rae, Chief negotiator for Ring of Fire;
- The final panel of the conference, “Wealth Creation in Practice,” featuring Justin Ferbey (Chief Executive Officer, Carcross Tagish Management Corporation), Derek Teevan (Senior Vice President Government Relations & Aboriginal Affairs, Detour Gold), Jim Boucher (Chief, Fort McKay First Nation) and Norm Hardisty Jr (Chief, Moose Cree First Nation).
A final report from the symposium will soon be released by the IOG, as well as a discussion paper for the symposium and ongoing priorities since RCAP.