10 May 2016 - 7:30am

Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block (6th Floor), Parliament Building

Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has identified and conducted itself as a country of two founding nations, the British and the French, while subordinating the status of Indigenous peoples. A new project is seeking to alter that narrative through official recognition, on the 150th anniversary of the 1867 confederation, of the foundational contributions of Indigenous peoples to the formation of Canada, in addition to the British and the French. By resetting Canada's origin story, future generations will better understand the true nature of the country's origins, and we will improve the context for discussion and action on commitments already made to reconciliation, building nation-to-nation relationships and rights to self-determination.

2008 Trudeau fellow Kathleen Mahoney is the principle architect of the truth and Reconciation Commission. She will give a Big Thinking lecture on 10 May 2016 at Parliamentary Restaurant, organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Kathleen Mahoney

She is a leader in human rights renowned for her work on the historic settlement agreement between the Government of Canada and Aboriginal residential school survivors.

2008 Fellows