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We’re Still Dancing Around the Table: Reconstituting our Sensibilities about Truth, Reconciliation and Redress

October 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


In this Indigenous Speakers Series session, Derek K Thompson – Thlaapkiituup, Director of the Faculty of Medicine Indigenous Engagement will facilitate a conversation with Chief Bill Wilson – Hemas KlaLeeLeeKla, Founding Signatory of the BC Treaty Commission and Founding Chairman of the BC First Nations Congress (First Nations Summit). Hemas KlaLeeLeeKla will bring both truth and truthfulness about past and present contexts of our collective struggle to negotiate Indigenous peoples’ legitimate and proper place in British Columbia and Canada. He remains a pillar of determination for Indigenous peoples, and continues to inspire the very political processes that he helped to create and influence. Seemingly, we’re still dancing around the table to really get at coming to terms with the things we’ve labelled as truth, reconciliation and redress. Hemas KlaLeeLeeKla will tell us what he believes to be necessary in efforts to reconstruct, to reorganize, to shift, to transform, and to fundamentally arrive at a sensibility that places Indigenous people at the heart of this great country and its constitution.