Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C. is a Hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation who has dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding and racism at home and abroad.
Panellists will focus on the challenges and opportunities of reconciliation; such as how does reconciliation of past wrongs help us as Canadians? How do we ensure a positive outcome from the process of reconciliation? Does a focus on the past hold us back or open the road ahead?
Panelists will discuss Canada from different perspectives: What does it mean to be Canadian? What is the role of religion in a modern Canada? What immediate and future steps need to be taken to build a truly inclusive Canada?
This special plenary session, in conjunction with the National Film Board, delves into the diverse faces of religion in the context of contemporary Canadian multiculturalism and values. It is an intimate look at religious identity and expression from the perspective of young people.
It has been 28 years since former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Art Miki signed the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement. Learning from the experience of Japanese Canadians, the panel will explore the meaning of reconciliation and reflect on our past, learn from it and carry those lessons into the future.
This event is part of the CRRF National Conference & Awards of Excellence: “Realizing an Inclusive Canada: 2017 and Beyond.”
Irwin Cotler is Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, long time Parliamentarian, and recent founder and Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.
What challenges are being faced by police services in Canada as they serve increasingly diverse constituencies? Is there a service/perception gap between the police and the community? How can the police best retain the trust of the communities they serve? If there are gaps, how best to bridge them? What are the areas where improvement is necessary? How do we solve these problems, and share what’s done well? And what role does the community play in encouraging continuous improvement and development of best practices?
Zarqa Nawaz created the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007. It finished airing it’s 91th episode in 2012 after completing 6 seasons and is now being broadcast to over 60 countries.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday we can take some pride in the country in which we live. But the past is an imperfect predictor of future performance. Technology has made the world both a bigger and smaller place and the boundaries between (and the definitions of) the public square and the private sphere are becoming increasing blurred. What comes next?