150 Acts of Reconciliation

As we turn the page on Canada’s 150 anniversary, it is high time to reflect on the manifestations of colonialism faced by First Nations, Metis and Inuit, and put Indigenous voices and communities at the forefront of change.

We invite CFUW/UWC clubs and members to subscribe in large numbers to learn about the many meaningful ways to engage in the path towards reconciliation.

To register please contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com toll free phone: 1-888-220-9609.

When: February 1st, 2018 at 4:00 PM EST

What: This webinar will explore concrete actions to show support, appreciation and solidarity to Indigenous peoples and promote Indigenous peoples’ rights.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Sara Komarnisky and Crystal Gail Fraser

Crystal Gail Fraser is Gwichya Gwich’in, originally from Inuvik. She is finishing a PhD in Canadian History at the University of Alberta on the history of residential and day schooling in the Northwest Territories from 1955 to 1996. Crystal has been honored with a number of awards, including a SSHRC doctoral fellowship and a visiting doctoral appointment at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Furthermore, Crystal has exchanged ideas and engaged with some of Canada’s top thinkers, including former Prime Minister Kim Campbell. Recently, Crystal co-authored a piece on reconciliation, entitled “150 Acts of Reconciliation for the Final 150 Days of Canada’s 150.” It has been viewed over 25,000 times and can be accessed here: http://activehistory.ca/2017/08/150-acts-of-reconciliation-for-the-last-150-days-of-canadas-150/

Dr. Sara Komarnisky is a Postdoctoral Fellow in History at the University of Alberta with the Object Lives and Global Histories of Northern North America project (www.objectlives.com). An anthropologist of mobility and material culture, she is currently researching the circulation of art and craft made by Indigenous hospital patients from the 1940s to the 1960s. She is also the author of “Mexicans in Alaska: An Ethnography of Mobility, Place, and Transnational Life” (University of Nebraska Press, 2018) which examines the experiences of place and patterns of transnational mobility of three generations of people who have been living between Mexico and Alaska for several decades. Recently, she co-authored “150 Acts of Reconciliation for the Final 150 Days of Canada’s 150” with Crystal Fraser. Sara is of Ukrainian settler heritage.

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