The release, in 2015, of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was notable in many ways. One of those was the clear statement that governments of Canada had engaged in a cultural genocide against Indigenous Peoples. In this webinar, Dr. MacDonald will begin by exploring different definitions of genocide in international and domestic contexts. He will draw on the 19th century “clearing of the plains”, the establishment of the Residential School system, the “sixties scoop” and the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in order to consider ways in which we can best engage in the study of genocide against Indigenous Peoples from within a Canadian context, and thereby move towards true conciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.
Where: Via Webex. (Click here to register)
Panelist: David B MacDonald
David B MacDonald is a mixed-race political science professor from Treaty 4 lands in Regina, Saskatchewan, with Trinidad Indian and Scottish ancestry. He is a full professor at the University of Guelph and in 2017 was appointed as the Research Leadership Chair for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. He has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and has also held faculty positions at Otago University, New Zealand and the ESCP Graduate School of Management, Paris, France. His research lies in comparative Indigenous politics, international relations, Indigenous-settler relations, and genocide studies. His most recent books are Populism and World Politics: Exploring Inter- and Transnational Dimensions, co-edited with F.A. Stengel and D. Nabers and The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation.
Moderator: Len Rudner
Len Rudner is Principal at Len Rudner & Associates, a consultancy focusing on human rights. He is the former Director of Community Relations and Outreach for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and the Ontario Regional Director for Canadian Jewish Congress. He has spoken at international and domestic conferences focusing on Holocaust education, antisemitism, hate speech and freedom of speech. He is qualified as an expert witness in criminal proceedings relating to hate crimes. He is a member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, the Canadian Interfaith Conversation and a former public member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate. Len holds an Honours BA from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Education degree from University of Toronto. We Resist: Defending the Common Good in Hostile Times, a collection of essays to which Len has contributed, will be published by McGill Queen’s University Press in Summer 2020. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.