event overview

Why Reconciliation is Fundamental to Human Progress?


In 2015, the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission tabled its Final Report, and its “94 Calls to Action”. The report is based on thousands of pages of testimony by Indigenous people about what they experienced in residential schools, as well as the impact of that history in terms of a legacy of intergenerational trauma and human misery. Now, Canada is waking up to this history. In order for Indigenous people to be able to join with other Canadians to build a country in the future that is fair and equitable for all, a process is going to be needed through which healing can occur throughout Indigenous communities and the wider society.

This webinar will be conducted by Lee Brown and Michael Bopp, and will explore the issues of reconciliation, utilizing a Bahai lens to frame the discussion, posing questions such as: What happened historically that makes reconciliation necessary now?
What is the true goal of reconciliation? What are some of the fundamental steps and strategies of reconciliation? What are some of the barriers that need to be overcome?

The webinar will conclude with a discussion on what can be learned from the Canadian reconciliation experience that can be applied to international development contexts. Contemporary examples of such situations include national healing and recovery processes in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Malawi, Myanmar.

About the presenters.
Lee Brown, PhD has recently retired from the University of British Columbia where he was a member of the Faculty of Education and Executive Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Health. Lee is Interior Salish and Cherokee. In addition to his academic credentials, he is a traditional singer and ceremonial leader who is often called upon by Indigenous communities to support their healing processes and their learning toward individual and community wellbeing. Lee Brown is one of the leading thinkers in North America related to Indigenous community healing and recovery. He has been a Baha’i for more than 30 years.
Michael Bopp, PhD is a founder and Director of the Four World Centre for Development Learning, and a development practitioner who has worked in more than 25 countries around the world, as well as with many Indigenous communities across Canada and the United States. Michael’s work focuses on spiritually grounded, culturally based participatory development, with an emphasis on the transformation of human systems (families, organizations, communities, networks, etc.) for the promotion of sustainable human prosperity and wellbeing. Michael has recently worked on supporting a number of Canadian institutions and organizations as they grapple with the challenge of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Michael has been a Baha’i since 1972.

JOIN US: January 14, 2018. 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time (Ottawa), 9:30 AM Mountain, 8:30 AM Pacific.

The Zoom link for this webinar is: https://zoom.us/j/5224047453

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Sunday, January 14th, 2018
05:30 pm CET.


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