Monday January 23, 2017
Reconciliation Before Reconciliation
Dr. Tracey Lindberg calls it (W)rec(k)-onciliation, and uses that as the title and theme of a lecture she delivered at Vancouver Island University, the second in an Indigenous Speakers Series. Dr. Lindberg is a Cree academic and writer. In her talk and an interview with Paul Kennedy she explores the importance of reconciliation with self, with community, and with Indigenous peoples in advance of reconciliation with Canada.
"I find the 're' part of reconciliation really hard because I think that perhaps this isn't about going to a place we've been before, but perhaps this is about going to some place we've never been."
Tracey Lindberg is a Cree academic and novelist who teaches law at the University of Ottawa. She has law degrees from the University of Ottawa and Harvard University. Birdie, her first novel, was published in 2015 and has sold over forty-thousand copies.
The Vancouver Island University Indigenous Speakers Series was launched after the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015. The series focuses on reconciliation and engagement with Indigenous people in Canada. It's delivered in partnership with the Laurier Institution and CBC Radio's Ideas program.
The Indigenous Speakers Series is part of VIU's Reconciliation Road, a collection of events and activities that addresses the challenge of reconciliation between Canada's Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.