Truth and Reconciliation Dialogue Series

Join us for a monthly 90-minute dialogue through which we will find pathways to action.

Starting January 2022, members of the NIC community are invited to a monthly 90-minute Dialogue through which we will find pathways to action.

Our goal is to create spaces for constructive conversation centred around Reconciliation and Reconcili-Action. Join us in this opportunity to gather, join in the dialogue, and listen to the perspectives of others in a culturally inclusive space. Joining our dialogues will support our collective and/or individual commitment to action items identified during each gathering.

The themes and dates of each dialogue are included below. The gatherings will be facilitated by Sara Child, Indigenous Education Facilitator, with the support of Margaret Hearnden, Global Learning Facilitator.

To find out more or to receive the dialogue invitation BlueJeans meeting link, please email Margaret at

Dialogue 1 – Wednesday, Jan. 12, 12-1:30 pm

What it means to move from:

- Reconciliation to Reconcili-Action

- Commemoration to Commitment

The secret ingredient to Reconciliation is decisive optimism, commitment, responsibility and personal as well as collective action!

Dialogue 2 – Thursday, Feb. 17, 5:30-7 pm

Transforming the spaces, places and hearts in the academy by naturalizing Indigenous knowledge systems and approaches to learning. Indigenization must be infused throughout the organizational, cultural, educational and social structures of our institute.

Dialogue 3 – Wednesday, March 16, 10-11:30 am

The undoing or unsettling of colonial structures and powers in such ways that the redoing, revitalizing, reaffirming and recovery of local Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and language are made possible. Decolonization must be Indigenous designed, delivered and lead from a local context.

Dialogue 4 – Thursday, April 21, 11:30 am -1 pm
Healing Practices and Pedagogy

What does pedagogy have to do with healing? Pedagogy is the art and science of teaching and learning. Western perspective includes five major approaches including the constructivist, collaborative, reflective, integrative and inquiry-based learning models. The TRC called upon Indigenous people of Canada and non-Indigenous Canadians to come together in a concerted effort to repair the harms of colonization in order to advance reconciliation and healing. This will require: a transformation of education, infusion of local Indigenous pedagogy and creation of programs that lay pathways to healing. What does this mean?