Enabling Truths: A Public Symposium of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Project

Enabling Truths: Public Symposium of the Truth, Justice & Reconciliation Project

Keynote speakers:
Paul Caune (director, Civil Rights Now!),
Dr. Rosalyn Ing (professor emeritus, UBC),
Steven Lytton (director, Urbanink Productions)
and Dr. Tim Stainton (Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, UBC)

The event is free, and open to everyone of all ages.
A light lunch will be provided.
Translation will be provided for those who are hearing impaired.
This is a wheelchair accessible space, with nearby accessible washrooms.
For more information, contact: seema.ahluwalia @ kwantlen.ca

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Attendees will hear stories from two groups in Canada who have been and continue to be targeted for institutionalization: Aboriginal people and people with disabilities. These stories will help those at the symposium to understand the way our state and government apparatus has operated to marginalize, oppress, and dehumanize despite their stated intention to support and educate.

This event was created to generate awareness about the lasting consequences of colonial and ableist policy and practice in Canada. KPU students invite the public to join them in learning from the stories of those subjected to oppressive government intervention and reflecting on the social biases and structures that must be overcome in order to promote equality, fairness, and peaceful co-existence in our society.

“We want our students to connect their knowledge to meaningful social action by bringing together communities, and exploring shared elements of their histories and social experiences,” said Seema Ahluwalia of Kwantlen’s department of sociology. “Through this project, students will develop important research, eamwork, and global citizenship skills in the process of empowering themselves by acting on important issues in our society with compassion, commitment, and leadership.”

This is the fifth symposium in a project titled Teaching and Learning for Truth, Justice and Reconciliation created by Seema Ahluwalia, who is co-organizing this year’s event with Dr. Fiona Whittington-Walsh (sociology, KPU) and Dr. Lisa Monchalin (criminology, KPU).

The event is sponsored by KPU’s Department of Sociology, The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research: Community Learning and Engagement (CIR:CLE), the KPU Aboriginal Gathering Place, the KPU Faculty for Academic and Career Advancement, and Coca Cola.