Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call for Papers -- UNB Peace and Friendship Treaty Days 2016 -- Reminder and Deadline Extension
EDUCATION FOR RECONCILIATION:
WHAT ROLE CAN UNIVERSITIES PLAY IN BUILDING PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP?
2nd Annual UNB Peace and Friendship Treaty Days, October 26-28, 2016,
University of New Brunswick
CALL FOR PAPERS – DEADLINE EXTENDED
In the fall of 2015, the Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued 94 Calls to Action for governments, communities, and citizens to build reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Among these were several on the role of education in promoting reconciliation, including calls on universities and other post-secondary education institutions to make changes to their curricula and their institutions more broadly that will promote reconciliation.
Universities Canada, the association that represents 97 Canadian universities, has also committed to 12 principles on Indigenous education, stating that “universities are committed to do their part to close this education gap, recognizing the urgency of this issue for the country.” As David Barnard, President of the University of Manitoba and past Chair of Universities Canada, said “When understanding of First Nations, Métis and other Indigenous cultures is woven through all of our campuses, then real change will occur.”
Reconciliation has been a promise made to the peoples of the Wabanaki Confederacy in the Maritimes since the first peace and friendship treaty between the British Crown and the Wabanaki peoples in 1725. In Atlantic Canada, our Peace and Friendship Treaties should govern our relationship with other Canadian governments. Unfortunately, as the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes clear, it is a promise that for too much of our shared history has gone unfulfilled. As Ovide Mercredi has said “The treaties should govern our relationship with Canada, not the Indian Act.” This relationship has to be clearly defined and legislative/policy/ program implications explored. If we are serious about achieving this, how do universities and other post-secondary educational institutions effect this change? How can scholars and post-secondary educational institutions help to frame these issues and foster discussion within society?
As part of its second annual Peace and Friendship Treaty Days, the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick will hold a colloquium entitled “Education for Reconcilation: What Role Can Universities Play in Building Peace and Friendship?” at the University of New Brunswick on October 27 and 28, 2016. We are seeking the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels to address topics related to the role of post-secondary education in building the conditions for reconciliation, including:
- The value in building the knowledge of all students about Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous cultural, legal, and governance traditions, and the history of Crown-Indigenous relations, including treaty-making;
- The value to Indigenous individuals, Indigenous communities, and all of society of increasing the number of Indigenous students who enter post-secondary education and succeed;
- How post-secondary institutions can build a welcoming environment for Indigenous students and provide them with the supports they need to remain in post-secondary education and succeed;
- The roles of Indigenous communities and community-controlled institutions in contributing to a post-secondary educational system that encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and the success of Indigenous students; and
- The obligations of professional bodies, university and college quality assurance and regulatory bodies, and governments to promote a post-secondary educational system in which Indigenous history, cultures, and perspectives are respected, taught, and understood by students, faculty and staff.
Part of the purpose of Peace and Friendship Treaty Days is to raise awareness of the Peace and Friendship Treaties among New Brunswick political and social leaders, government officials, and New Brunswick citizens generally, as part of educating all New Brunswickers about the treaties; papers and panels should therefore be aimed at this broader audience. We also intend to publish a selection of papers based on the presentations as a follow-up to the colloquium.
Abstracts should be approximately 250 words and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 12, 2016. We look forward to your submissions.