BBC’s The Forum Presents: Reconciliation

  • November 7, 2015
  • 8:00 pm
  • National Gallery of Canada
BBC Forum

Following a six-year investigation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented their recommendations to the Canadian government on how to respond to the government policy of aboriginal residential schools. The schools operated from 1883 to 1996 and affected 150,000 aboriginal children. The report’s authors concluded that residential schooling was “an integral part of a conscious policy of cultural genocide,” an assertion echoed by the Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court, Beverley McLachlin.

But what does the healing process between victims and aggressors usually look like? What role does education have to play? How do we examine reconciliation through a restorative justice lens? Does opening up old wounds prolong disputes? How do we scientifically approach the effects of trauma, while moving towards reconciliation? Is trauma inherited by the offspring of victims? Is responsibility inherited by future generations and incoming immigrant populations?

Join Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Associate Professor at Renison University College, University of Waterloo and President of the Canadian History of Education Association Kristina Llewellyn, and Research Fellow in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital’s Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory Torsten Klengel.

Moderated by BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall, this panel discussion will be recorded for broadcast on BBC World Service’s The Forum, in which prominent international thinkers debate big ideas.

  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10



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