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Reframing Indigenous Relations Through Economic Reconciliation

Jeudi, 14 octobre, 2021 12:00à13:00
McCord Museum: 690 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E9

The 1990 Oka Crisis sent Canada on a reconciliation journey and forced the Government to examine its fundamentally broken relationship with Indigenous people. One of the ways to improve this relationship is economic prosperity through economic reconciliation. In this discussion, David Acco will explore what is economic reconciliation and the art of the possible to achieve it.

This session is presented in connection with McCord’s exhibition Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience.

About David Carrière-Acco

David Carrière-Acco, is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. He holds an MBA (International Business Concentration), as well as graduate degrees in Marketing, eCommerce and Business Analysis. Since launching Acosys in 2006, David has established himself and Acosys as a premier Indigenous-led consulting firm specializing in facilitating constructive and respectful Indigenous engagement on behalf of governments, corporate clients, and non-governmental organizations. David has worked with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada, garnering extensive experience in the design, implementation, and facilitation of successful Indigenous engagement initiatives.

In 2008, Julie and David created an Indigenous Internship Program which provides the opportunity for Indigenous people to work and be mentored on their client projects. This has earned Acosys numerous awards and newsworthy media articles. The program has been very successful to create opportunity to Indigenous people but also bring greater workplace diversity. Both Julie and David believe that critical part of Canada’s path to reconciliation with its Indigenous people is dependent inclusion in Canadian economy and workforce within a spirit of Nation-to-Nation relationship.

Today, David is passionate about the use technology combined with Indigenous Traditional Knowledge to develop environmental protection and climate adaptation solutions for all of Canada and continues his work to build Indigenous capacity especially in STEM professions. He also is a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves as an officer in the Air Cadet program promoting development of Canada’s youth and interest in the aviation and aerospace.

About the McGill-McCord Dialogues

On the occasion of McGill’s Bicentennial, the McGill School of Continuing Studies and the McCord Museum have partnered to present a series of events with the aim of breaking down barriers to cultural and educational institutions and reimagining art, culture, and education in our community.

The McGill-McCord Dialogues offer opportunities to explore a variety of current and future-focused topics taught at SCS and connected to exhibitions at the McCord Museum.

Space is limited to 30 attendees. Please register to reserve your spot.

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As per provincial regulations in place, a vaccine passport is required to attend.


This event will also be livestreamed on the McGill School of Continuing Studies YouTube Channel.

About the McGill University School of Continuing Studies

Situated in the heart of Montreal on the main campus of one of Canada’s leading universities, the McGill School of Continuing Studies offers innovative programs that aim to help adult learners gain the skills they need to launch their careers, advance their current careers or switch into a whole new field.

With over 50 programs in more than 25 subjects such as marketing, management, human resources, accounting, finance, data science and AI, the School is dedicated to creating skilled, future-ready leaders who can thrive in a rapidly changing world.

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About the McCord Museum

The McCord Museum celebrates life in Montreal, its people and communities, past and present. Reaching beyond the city to the wider world, the Museum creates and presents engaging exhibitions and educational and cultural activities with a critical and inclusive take on social history. It is renowned for its collections of Archives, Documentary Art, Dress, Fashion and Textiles, Indigenous Cultures, Material Culture, and Photography, comprising 200,000 objects and artworks, 2,150,000 photographs, 3,500 rare books and 340 linear metres of textual archives. Founded on October 13, 1921, the Museum is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary with special programming until Autumn 2022. McCord Museum: Our People, Our Stories.

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