Curious Minds Festival // Plan or Platitude? Making Sense of "Reconciliation"



Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Mar 8, 2020 3:30 PM


Since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s landmark report in 2015, no idea has received more lip service than “reconciliation” with Indigenous peoples. But what does this concept actually mean, and what progress—if any—has been made in bringing it about?

As we approach the fifth anniversary of TRC Chair Murray Sinclair’s 94 Calls to Action, this timely and urgent panel, moderated and guest curated by award-winning Anishinaabe journalist and author Tanya Talaga, will tackle these questions head on. With the rich and varied perspectives of Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation Alvin Fiddler, Métis-Salish poet and novelist Lee Maracle, Cree Youth Leader and Activist Max FineDay—as well as food from Indigenous chefs and a ceremonial performance by the celebrated All Nations Juniors drum circle —this will be a lively celebration of Indigenous culture and a clear-eyed look at what Canadians of all backgrounds must do to make “reconciliation” more than a platitude.

Get a taste of traditional Indigenous food from our neighbours at NishDish, available for purchase following the panel (cash only).

Please note, original panelist Senator Murray Sinclair will no longer be able to participate in this event due to a family matter; he sends his regrets. For any questions, please contact our Box Office.

Tanya Talaga is an award-winning Anishinaabe writer and journalist. A former reporter and Indigenous Issues Columnist for the Toronto Star and the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, she is the author of the national bestsellers Seven Fallen Feathers, winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, and All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward.

Alvin Fiddler is the Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and a member of Muskrat Dam First Nation in Northern Ontario. The Grand Chief served as the Manager of Ontario Regional Liaisons for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and has led numerous justice initiatives including the Ipperwash, Goudge and Kashechewan inquests.

Max FineDay is a citizen of Sweetgrass First Nation and is currently Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange, a youth-led charity providing Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth with opportunities to engage in reconciliation dialogues, leadership development, and educational initiatives at a local and national level.

Lee Maracle is an award winning Sto:lo novelist, poet and creative non-fiction writer and instructor. Her books include the novels Ravensong and Sundogs, the poetry collection, Bentbox, and the non-fiction work I Am Woman. She is currently is Mentor for Aboriginal Students at University of Toronto where she teaches Indigenous studies.

Promotional Partners: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, University of Toronto's Centre for Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD, Mosaic Institute, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Native Earth Performing ArtsToronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre and Word on the Street

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