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University, Indigenous leaders call for collaboration at reconciliation forum – University Affairs

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 201895 Views

Helping one another was a central theme of fourth national forum held at the University of Victoria.

Following the teachings of the Coast Salish people of southern Vancouver Island, the hosts of significant events invite four witnesses to observe the proceedings and be able to provide a record of what took place. That protocol was upheld for the opening ceremonies of the fourth National Building Reconciliation Forum, held on November 15 and 16 at the University of Victoria. The university is located on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples.

In addition to calling the four Coast Salish witnesses, forum organizers also invited four symbolic academic witnesses, noted Robina Thomas, UVic’s executive director of Indigenous academic and community engagement. The witnesses “pay attention to everything that goes on at the event, particularly that we followed protocol, that we respected people, that we listened to people, that we did the work properly, that we ran the event in a respectful way,” she explained.

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