Capilano University's fifth Truth and Reconciliation Week runs Sept. 18 to 22
NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Capilano University’s fifth Truth and Reconciliation Week, Sept. 18 to 22, will kick off with an Elder welcome and blessing and will close with a keynote address by Squamish Chief Ian Campbell.
“I will discuss our opportunity to mature as a society and embrace our collective history as a nation that celebrates thousands of years of adaptation vs. 150 years of only acknowledging French and English,” says Campbell. “First Nations are invisible in our own land and seen as a vanished race by the world. It is time, we all deserve better.”
CapU students, employees and the public are invited to participate in an array of events. Activities include film screenings, potlucks, a discussion about cultural appropriation, a guided campus walk with Elder Latash Nahanee, who will share the history of traditional lands, and an interactive Blanket Exercise that illuminates the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada in an emotionally impactful way.
“It’s important for all Canadians to recognize the effects of colonialization and Indigenous people’s resilience,” says Capilano University President Paul Dangerfield. “When we truly understand and respect one another, we can grow together and develop stronger communities and leaders.”
Along with the guided walk, Nahanee will speak about truth, reconciliation, law and politics with CapU political science instructor Tim Schouls.
“In order to achieve justice, Indigenous people have challenged Canadian policy and laws in the Supreme Court of Canada and won,” says Nahanee. “This is very confrontational. We all need to be able to talk to one another in a respectful way. This is happening due to a concerted effort by Aboriginal chiefs and leaders.”
About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers 99 programs, including bachelor’s degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 10,500 students each year, 8,200 in for-credit programs and 2,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Submitted by: Cheryl Rossi