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Campus (Re)Conciliations: Indigenous Issues in Higher Education Conference

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Created in 2017, the Campus (Re)conciliations annual conference invites participants to reflect on the role of the University in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action and provides a space to listen to Indigenous leaders, community members, and students speak about their research, reflections and experiences.

Past speakers included Kevin Lamoureux, Jesse Wente, Lisa Richardson, John Borrows, Lee Maracle, James Makokis and Anthony Johnson.

Each year, the conference features a mix of keynote speakers, engaging panel and armchair discussions, and interactive student-led workshops. This event is always free and open to all, so please encourage your students, colleagues, and friends to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact the Ideas for the World Coordinator, Elena, at vic.ideas@utoronto.ca.

Seventh Campus (Re)Conciliations: Indigenous Issues in Higher Education Conference
Seventh Campus (Re)Conciliations: Indigenous Issues in Higher Education Conference

Seventh Campus (Re)Conciliations: Indigenous Issues in Higher Education Conference on Justice and Politics
Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Office of the Dean of Students at Victoria University is pleased to invite you to the Seventh Annual Campus (Re)Conciliations: Indigenous Issues in Higher Education Conference on Justice and Politics happening on March 23, 2023, in Alumni Hall – Victoria College Building.

This year, the conference will reflect on the intersectional issues of justice and politics in Canada and in higher education, where theoretical and policy decisions connect with practical concerns. The monumental labours of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission addressed the deep injustices of Canada’s residential schools system, leading to Calls to Action aimed at righting the scales of justice in Canada. However, the implementation of the Calls to Action, which would help us move toward reconciliation, continues to face difficult political hurdles. Justice hampered by politics is reconciliation denied; can we develop a politics that enables justice in order to advance toward reconciliation?                   

Join us for the Seventh Campus (Re)Conciliations Conference on Justice and Politics with guests Margaret Froh, president of Métis Nation of Ontario, Hayden King, executive director of the Yellowhead Insitute, Kimberly Murray, independent special interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves, and Iakoiehwahtha Patton, Victoria University student and Rhodes Scholar.

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Program

8:30 – 9:15 A.M. – Registration and light breakfast

9:15 – A.M. – Opening Ceremony

  • Dorothy Peters, Elder and Traditional Teacher, Victoria University Advisory Circle

9:30 – A.M. – Welcome Remarks

  • Rhonda McEwen, President, Victoria University
  • Kelley Castle, Dean of Students, Victoria University

9:50 – A.M. – Land Acknowledgment

  • Shane Joy, HBA Candidate for History and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations and Vice-President of the Victoria University Students' Administrative Council

10:00 – 11:00 A.M. – Morning Keynote, followed by Q&A

  • Margaret Froh, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario

11:00 – 11:15 A.M. – Refreshment Break

11:15 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. “Treaties: Foundational Documents to the Settlement of Canada” Workshop and Q&A

  • John Croutch, Indigenous Training Coordinator, Office of Indigenous Initiatives, U of T

12:15 – 1:15 P.M. – Lunch Break (Tea n’ Bannock, Indigenous Cuisine)

1:15 – 2:15 P.M. – Afternoon Keynote, followed by Q&A

  • Iakoiehwahtha Patton, Student of Art History and Anthropology, member of the Conference Planning Committee and Rhodes Scholar

2:15 – 3:15 P.M.  – Tradition and Technology, Performance

  • Archer Pechawis, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Performance, York University

3:15 – 3:30 P.M. - Refreshment Break

3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. – Panel Discussion – Students, Leaders and Educators

  • Kimberly Murray, Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves
  • Hayden King, Assistant Professor and Advisor to the Dean of Arts on Indigenous Education, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Kiona Osowski (moderator), Ethics, Society and Law Student and member of the Conference Planning Committee

4:30 – 4:45 P.M. – Closing Remarks

  • Michael White, Director, First Nations House Indigenous Student Services at University of Toronto
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Minding Our Minds: Technology and Mental Health

The Office of the Dean of Students at Victoria University in the University of Toronto is pleased to announce our 10th annual Minding our Minds conference and discussion about mental health in higher education.

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Event Location: Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building (91 Charles Street West)

Event Date & Time:  Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mental Health has been at the forefront of discussions in Higher Education for the past ten years as we worked to understand and address the very specific struggles students faced throughout their time at University. Through the more recent years of COVID-19 and the resulting shifts in Higher Education, the pandemic has paradoxically poised technology as both a saviour and a demon. The explosive reliance on technology allowed schools, universities, and businesses to remain in operation and kept us connected when we were alone. But it also insulated us from the world and isolated us from in-person interactions and left a lasting impression that has forever changed higher education.

 Our conference this year, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will focus on the pressing and current incongruities of our developing relationship with technology.

Conference Program

9:00 – 9:30 A.M. – Registration and light breakfast
Foyer, Victoria College Building

9:30 – 9:45 A.M. – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kelley Castle, Dean of Students, Victoria University
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

9:45 – 10:45 A.M. – Contemporary Research on Technology and Mental Health
Dr. Rhonda McEwen, President and Vice-Chancellour, Victoria University
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

10:45 – 11:00 A.M. – Refreshment Break
Foyer, Victoria College Building

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. – Care After COVID: Reflections on Mental Health Care in a Post-Pandemic World
Dr. David Gratzer, Psychiatrist and Physician, Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, University of Toronto.
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

12:00 – 1:00 P.M. – Lunch Break
Foyer, Victoria College Building

1:00 – 2:15 P.M. – Panel Discussion: Students & Technology, Connection & Disconnection
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

2:15 – 2:30 P.M. – Refreshment Break
Foyer, Victoria College Building

2:30 – 3:30 P.M. – Workshop - Body Cues: Sometimes We Forget We Have a Body
Jacqueline H. Chan, Emmanuel College
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

3:30 – 3:45 P.M. – Closing Remarks
Kelley Castle, Dean of Students, Victoria University
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

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