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TRC Panel II: Dr. Suzanne Stewart leads key event to address TRC recommendations in education, research

‘The OISE community should have knowledge regarding the TRC Report and what it means for scholarly and community activity at OISE,’ says Dr. Stewart

November 29, 2016

Dr. Suzanne Stewart

Pictured above: Dr. Suzanne Stewart 

On Nov. 30, OISE’s Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education and Interim Director of the Indigenous Education Initiative, will be leading a panel discussion titled, TRC Panel II.  

The event, which Dr. Stewart also organized, will take place from 1-4 p.m. on the main floor of the OISE library. RSVP is required

It will be attended by various members of the OISE community, including faculty, staff, students, and members of the wider academic and Aboriginal communities. 

Chairing and moderating the discussion will be OISE’s Dr. Sandra Styres of the Continuing, Teaching and Learning department.

Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Eve Tuck, Department of Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education 
  • Dr. Amos Key, Jr., Centre for Indigenous Studies and Department of Linguisutics, University of Toronto
  • Ms. Tanya Senk, PhD Candidate from the Aboriginal Education Centre, Toronto District School Board
  • Dr. Ian Mosby, University of Guelph

Before the event, OISE News asked Dr. Stewart a few questions to highlight the significance of the panel discussion. See below to learn more about this OISE event.

The TRC Bentwood Box

Carved by Coast Salish artist Luke Marston, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Bentwood Box is a lasting tribute to all Indian Residential School survivors. (Photo by Fred Cattroll, courtesy of the University of Manitoba)

What is the TRC Panel II? What is the purpose?

Dr. Stewart: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released its Final Report in December 2015. Within the report are 94 Calls to Action, or recommendations. Many of these recommendations are directly related to higher education, education and research.

The purpose of this panel is to continue to articulate and disseminate the TRC’s Final Report, after the first OISE TRC Panel in February 2016, and more specifically, to trace some of the history of the process of reconciliation the Report of the Royal Commission of Aboriginal People (RCAP).

Why is this important?

Dr. Stewart: It’s been 20 years since the RCAP was released. What was the contribution of RCAP to changing Indigenous education, and how can the TRC fill any gaps left by RCAP? What can we learn about implementing TRC recommendations from how RCAP was received and implemented by governments, institutions, and individuals?

The rationale for this panel is that all members of the OISE community should have knowledge and information regarding the TRC Report and what it means for all levels of scholarly and community activity at OISE. Panellists will share their understandings and perspectives on the TRC Report and its recommendations as it pertains to their own research and professional work and address these in the context set by RCAP.

What is the TRC Panel II aiming to achieve?

Dr. Stewart: This panel is a continuation of OISE’s commitment to making the TRC Report’s recommendations relevant to pedagogy, curriculum, policy, research, and more. Outcomes for the panel are to continue a dialogue on implementing the TRC Calls to Action, reflecting on the contribution of the RCAP, and creating a future of innovation and change all people involved in education.

Members of the OISE, University of Toronto and Indigenous community are invited to join this event on Wed., Nov. 30 from 1-4 p.m. on the main floor of the OISE Library. Please RSVP.


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