With the Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew, PC and other special guests.
Centennial Dialogue Series (Event 1 of 4)
Join us for this special event presented in partnership with Indigenous Student Services at First Nations House, University of Toronto. An essential night of ideas, sharing and listening, as we welcome a circle of esteemed Indigenous thinkers in conversation about the promise and potential of Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada. This event reimagines a formal debate hosted at Hart House in 1991 that featured the Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew, PC, the first Indigenous woman elected to the Canadian parliament, a member of Cabinet and a member of the Dene Nation. We are delighted Ms. Blondin-Andrew is returning to Toronto to join with our other special guests in engaging in this vitally important topic.
Dialogue Circle and Listening Space:
It is our hope that this event will offer an opportunity for Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members to envision what Indigenous sovereignty can mean, in a conversation that provides a circle for Indigenous dialogue and a space for deep listening and learning for non-Indigenous guests.
Following the remarks from Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew and a moderated conversation with our guest speakers, Indigenous members of the audience are encouraged to join the conversation with their comments, questions and reflections. Non-Indigenous guests are welcome to participate as listeners.
To facilitate the format, Indigenous guests will be seated in the circle immediately around the speakers. Non-Indigenous guests will be seated on the south and north sides of the room. You will be asked during the registration process to indicate the appropriate ticket, and upon arrival, you will be directed to your seating area.
We look forward to welcoming you to this special evening.
Special guests include:
- Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew, PC (Keynote), Dene Nation from Tulita, NT, and the first Indigenous woman elected to the Canadian parliament
- Riley Yesno (Moderator), a current undergraduate student at U of T and an Anishinaabe woman from Eabametoong First Nation
- Dr. Eileen Antone, Emeritus and Elders’ Circle, University of Toronto, member of the Oneida of the Thames First Nation. (Opening)
- Rev. Dr. Grafton Antone, Members, Elders’ Circle, University of Toronto, member of the Oneida of the Thames First Nation (Opening)
- Jennifer Adese, Otipemisiw and Métis, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga
- Susan Blight, Anishinaabe visual artist, filmmaker, and arts educator from Couchiching First Nation and Indigenous Student Life Coordinator at Indigenous Student Services, University of Toronto
- Hayden King, Advisor to the Dean, Indigenous Education / Director, Yellowhead Institute, Ryerson University, Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi’mnissing, in Huronia, Ontario
- Chief Stacey Laforme, Elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Ontario
- Douglas Sanderson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and Opaskwayak Cree Nation
- Trina Moyan, Nehiyaw iskwew (Plains Cree) from the Frog Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta
- Jan Kahehti:io Longboat, Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation, Member of the Elders’ Circle
In Partnership with Indigenous Student Services at First Nations House, University of Toronto.
ABOUT THE HART HOUSE 100TH ANNIVERSARY
From Spring 2019–Spring 2020, Hart House celebrates its 100th anniversary as a student-focused centre for the arts, dialogue and wellness at the University of Toronto.