The Importance of Showing Up in an Era of Truth and Reconciliation
Please join us on November 18 for the inaugural session of the Indigenous Initiatives Speakers Series. This virtual event will bring together Kukpi7 – Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and Kukpi7 – Chief Wayne Christian of the Splatsin First Nation & Tribal Chief for the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.
On October 18, 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with our two speakers and other First Nations leaders in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory after holidaying in Tofino on September 30 – the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This dialogue will highlight the importance of leaders and leadership in the context of Truth and Reconciliation. Kukpi7 Casimir and Kukpi7 Christian will talk about the importance of presence and persona, and the implications of absence and ignorance. They will also discuss the need and urgency for action in addressing the legacy of oppression and assimilation of Indigenous peoples.
Discover more about REDI’s Indigenous Initiatives Speakers Series here
Topic: Sorry, Not Sorry – The Importance of Showing Up in an Era of Truth and Reconciliation
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm PDT
We are honoured to host Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc as a speaker of this session.
Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Tribal Chief, Kukpi7 of Splatsin te Secwepemec. Wayne Christian is of Secwepemc ancestry. He is a proud father of seven children and twenty-seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Kukpi7 (Chief) Christian was re-elected for his sixth consecutive terms, with this term being four years as Chief of Splatsin in 2018. Kukpi7 Christian has worked for over 40 years in establishing healing and health systems for the Indigenous Nations of BC and is currently one of the Tribal Chiefs of the Secwepemc Nation representing 9 of the 17 communities of the Secwepemc Nation with responsibilities’ for Stsmamlth (Children) & Aboriginal Title and Rights.
One of Christian’s greatest strengths is commitment that is firmly rooted in the values, principles and traditions of the Indigenous Nations. He is known as a tireless and passionate advocate for recognition of Aboriginal Title and Rights at the political and grassroots levels for the Indigenous Nations and communities and believes that the future lies with the children.
Derek Thompson – Thlaapkiituup is an advisor in the Faculty of Medicine Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI). Thlaapkiituup is from the diitiidʔaaʔtx̣ – Ditidaht First Nation, one of fourteen Nuuchahnulth Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island. As the REDI Indigenous Initiatives Advisor, Derek will provide leadership and support across the Faculty to help create and sustain learning and work environments based on standards of cultural safety and humility, and that will address Indigenous specific racism and discrimination. Derek will promote inclusion of an Indigenous perspective in all Faculty initiatives. Derek will also work closely with the Director, Indigenous Engagement to implement the Faculty’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in a way that will best reciprocate the formal commitments made to Indigenous peoples for a better and just future. This important work will also create opportunities for students, staff and faculty to engage with Indigenous people and communities in meaningful ways, and to begin anew the creation of redressing what we believe ourselves to be – as Indigenous peoples, and as Canadians.
“The time to make things happen is now. The time to seek out our individual and shared power is now.”
Read the Message from the Indigenous Initiatives Advisor, Derek Thompson – Thlaapkiituup, here
Learn more about REDI’s Indigenous Initiatives here
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