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Part II: Panel 1: How do we honor indigenous ways of knowing in the quest for truth, justice and healing for American Indian boarding schools?
This panel will focus on past and recent truth initiatives on the forced assimilation of Native children through boarding schools and the child welfare system. Indigenous leaders will reflect on the experience of the Maine Wabanaki-Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Federal bill to create a national truth commission and the official investigations launched by the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland this past summer, upon the revelation of mass graves located at boarding schools. The panel will explore how to open the way to transformative justice, overcoming standardized or colonized transitional justice models. The panel is convened in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.


Professor Cheryl Suzack (Batchewana First Nations), Associate Professor at the Department of English and Aboriginal Studies Program, Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto


Christine Diindiisi McCleave, Chief Executive Officer, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Sandy White Hawk, former Commissioner for the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission & founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation (FNRI)

Brenda Gunn, Academic and Research Director from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada and Professor, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law

Nov 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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