Cultures of Reconciliation

2017 summer intensive













A powerful gathering at the University of Saskatchewan, combining the forces and impulses of Idle No More with creative and critical thinking to look toward future possibilities.


                                    Cultures of Reconciliation: Academic, Artistic, Activist

                                                     A Humanities Research Unit Event

                                              FREE ADMISSION; OPEN TO EVERYONE


Location: Graduate Commons, Emmanuel & St. Chad, 1337 College Drive, University of Saskatchewan, and Mendel Art Gallery, 950 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon

Time:  September 26-27, 2013

Participants include: Marie Battiste, Lynne Bell, Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Tomas Borsa, Jen Budney, Omeasoo Butt, Dana Claxton, Len Findlay, Isobel Findlay, Max FineDay, Ayumi Goto, Jennifer Henderson, Sakej Henderson, Tasha Hubbard, Keavy Martin, Ashok Mathur, Dan McDonald, Sheelah McLean, Roy Miki, Adrian Stimson, Nancy Van Styvendale, Pauline Wakeham, and Alex Wilson,


Events: Plenary session, panel discussions, social mobilizations, book sales, public presentations over the course of the fall term, 2013, and winter term 2014.

Thursday 26 September

9:30 am  Welcome and prayer led by Elder Walter Linklater

10.00 to 11.30 am Plenary presentations:  Sakej Henderson, Director, Native Law Centre, U of S; and Sheelah Mclean (#idlenomore) and Alex Wilson (Associate Professor and Director, Aboriginal Education Research Centre, U of S)

Noon: Lunch on your own

2.00 to 3.30 pm: Panel: Academic Impacts: Envisaging, Contributing, Editing, Promoting: Jennifer Henderson (Carleton University), Pauline Wakeham (Western University), Ayumi Goto (Simon Fraser University)

3.30 to 4.00pm Nourishment break; book browsing

4.00 to 5.30 pm Panel: Performance as Praxis: Dana Claxton, Adrian Stimson, Lori Blondeau

7:30 to 9 pm Mendel Panel and Reception: Performing, Documenting, Curating: Rebecca Belmore,  Ashok Mathur (Thompson Rivers University), and Jen Budney (Associate Curator,Mendel Gallery)



Friday 27 September, Graduate Commons, Emmanuel and St Chad

9.00 to 10.30am Panel: Academic  Impacts: Faculty, Students, Curriculum, Research: Dan McDonald (Vancouver island University; Aboriginal Working Group rep., CAUT), Marie Battiste (U of S), Omeasoo Butt (U of S), Max FineDay President, U of S Students Union

10.30 to 11.00 am: Nutrition Break, book browsing

11.00 to 12.30 pm: Panel: Community-University Impacts: Isobel Findlay (CUISR and Edwards School of Business, U of S);  Tomas Borsa (U of S alumnus and independent film maker);  Nancy Van Styvendale (U of S)

12.30 to 2 pm  Lunch on your own

2.00 to 3.30 pm: Open mic: Is Your Work Going Anywhere?

3.30 to 4pm Nutrition Break, book browsing

4 to 5.30 pm Cultures of Activism, Reconciliation, and Redistribution: Roy Miki (Simon Fraser U), Keavy Martin (U of Alberta), Tasha Hubbard (U of S)

7.00 to 10pm Dinner for presenters, Fireplace Room, University Club


The End




Context: four key developments underlie this event:

  1. Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress.  Ed. Jennifer Henderson and Pauline Wakeham. Toronto: University of Toronto Press,  2013.
  2. Reconcile This!  Ed. Jonathan Dewar and AyumiGoto. West Coast Line No. 74: vol.46.2 (2012).
  3. #idlenomore, an initiative of four Saskatchewan women that has gone global.
  4. English 803.3: to be offered by Len Findlay from September to December of this year: Culturesof Reconciliation: Two Texts and a Social movement, a graduate seminar housed in the English Department but open to students in other Departments and Colleges.


Contact:; 306-966-2573








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