National Reconciliation and Public Policy: Where do we go from here?
The Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill held a virtual event on the eve of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The School recognizes that reconciliation is a long and difficult road so, as part of this process, we held this event to initiate informed discussion and debate with students, faculty and the School's community about what reconciliation means for public policy, in theory and in practice, both nationally and internationally.
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Max Bell have been working to articulate and identify what national reconciliation means for research, teaching and the student experience in the School and for public policy. As part of the School's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, faculty have developed the following additional statement as part of its new Land Acknowledgement:
"The Max Bell School acknowledges the ways in which public policy has contributed to or failed to address systemic oppression. We aim to develop, in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, research and a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of representation and equitable public policy."