National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Keynote Address and Reception with Dr. Beverley Jacobs

Friday, September 29, 2023 12:00to14:00
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, Tanna Schulich Hall, 527 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, CA

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The Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Equity team in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) are pleased to invite you to the 2023 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Keynote Address and Reception. Register now.

As part of the 2023 Indigenous Awareness Weeks program, the keynote will be delivered by Dr. Beverley Jacobs, Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations and Outreach and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor.

The event will take place on Friday, September 29, 2023, from 12:00-2:00 pm at the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building (527 Sherbrooke Street West). The keynote address will take place in the Tanna Schulich Hall, located on the main floor of the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building. The reception will follow on the eighth floor.

Dr. Beverley Jacobs has held Associate Dean (Academic) and Acting Dean appointments in the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor. She practices law part-time at her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her research focuses on Indigenous Legal Orders, Indigenous Wholistic Health, Indigenous Research Methodologies, and Decolonization of Eurocentric Law. Dr. Jacobs has obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Windsor in 1994, a Master of Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and a PhD from the University of Calgary in 2018. She is also a consultant/researcher/writer/public speaker. Her work centres around ending gendered colonial violence against Indigenous people and restoring Indigenous laws, beliefs, values, and traditions. A prolific scholar, her published work has earned her numerous awards; her research combined with her advocacy has translated into national and international recognition. Dr. Jacobs is also a former President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (elected 2004 to 2009). To learn more about Dr. Jacobs, please visit the University of Windsor website.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation serves to honour the survivors of residential schools and acknowledge the ongoing impact of colonization on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. At McGill, this day has been recognized with official communications and educational and commemorative activities since its establishment in 2021.

Our hope is that this gathering will help to educate the McGill community and the community at large about historical and contemporary injustices faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada. The event aims to foster critical reflection, empathy, understanding, and a collective commitment to the ongoing work of truth telling and reconciliation.

To find out more about the 2023 Indigenous Awareness Weeks, which this event is part of, please visit the IAW webpage.

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