Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Dr. Darren Thomas
Efforts to work towards reconciling the past relations between the Crown, Canadians and Indigenous peoples will be a challenging and cumbersome journey. What this relationship currently lacks is understanding and empathy. Many Canadians wonder why Indigenous people cannot find a rightful place in today’s society, and why is the population health data so poor for Indigenous populations? Why is it that Indigenous peoples cannot seem to just move beyond the past? This keynote will explore the settlement history of Canada and will answers how these alarming and devastating impacts results in the on-going transmission of trauma upon Indigenous people. This interactive talk will challenge and empower the audience; will promote the understanding of Canada’s settlement history; and will encourage a commitment to strengthen a relationship of allyship in order for all peoples to enjoy a safe, fair, and just society for generations to come.
Dr. Darren Thomas is a member of the Seneca Nation, and is Bear Clan and resides at the Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee. Darren is an Associate Professor in the Indigenous Studies Program and in July 2021 accepted an appointment as the Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier University. As a senior leader of Indigenous Initiatives at Laurier, he manages a team of staff that have the responsibility to support Indigenous students, staff, and faculty to reach their highest potential, while also developing a strategic vision and implementation for Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation. Darren’s personal research interests are: Indigenous thought and philosophy, Indigenous community development, strengthening and improving Indigenous health and well-being, Indigenous law, and Indigenous rights and resource governance.