Truth and Reconciliation: How Do We Make it Work?

With Bob Watts

To many observers, the Canadian state has inflicted a range of systemic abuses on Aboriginal communities. Indian Residential Schools are a part of our shared history, but it's still a history unfamiliar to many. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is part-way through a five-year mandate to document that history and to set the stage for healing and repairing the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. The Couchiching Conversations welcomes Bob Watts to speak about the critical work currently underway with the Commission. Discussion will include how do we make that apology manifest, how do we make it work in terms of policy, in terms of regulations, in terms of legislation, and how do we breathe life into reconciling the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relationship?


About Bob Watts

Bob's current work includes working on the Siting Process with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and as an Adjunct Professor and Fellow in the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University. He is a former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations and was the Interim executive director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A former federal assistant deputy minister, he is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Fellow at the Harvard Law School. Bob is of Mohawk and Ojibway ancestry and is a member of the Six Nations Reserve.


Free event with limited seating, so please register.

Location: Baha'i Centre, 288 Bloor St West, Toronto. view map
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Light snacks will be served
Register at: or call 416-494-1440

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