Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019
1:30pm - 3:30pm
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.
Darren Thomas is from the Seneca Nation, and a member of the Bear Clan. He resides at the Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee. Darren is a PhD candidate in community psychology at Wilfrid Laurier and is a full-time lecturer in the Indigenous Studies program at the Brantford Campus. His research focuses on First Nations community development through Indigenous rights and resource governance. Darren also operates a consulting firm that works with the private and public sectors to learn how to better serve Indigenous peoples. Darren specializes in working with Indigenous peoples, designing and implementing programs and initiatives that inspire Indigenous peoples to be proud of their heritage, and take a powerful place in modern society. Darren has over 25 years of experience working in addiction, education, radio, theatre, and community development.