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Reflections on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The University is hosting hosting a virtual event for the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation where we will come together to pause, reflect and learn. This is a day to learn about and reflect upon the intergenerational trauma and harm resulting from the residential school system across Canada, a day to honour survivors, and a day to recognize the strength and resiliency of Indigenous Peoples and communities.

This event will focus on reconciliation, which is critical to the University’s ongoing relationship with the Indigenous community, and a variety of panelists from across the York community have been invited to speak about what reconciliation in action means to them

Zoom Webinar:

Interpretation for this event will be available in: ASL, French, Spanish and Mandarin

Moderator: Carl James, Senior Advisor on Equity and Representation, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, and Professor

Speakers and Panelists:

  • Rhonda Lenton, President & Vice-Chancellor
  • Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President Equity, People & Culture
  • Zoey Roy, PhD Student, Faculty of Education
  • Susan Dion, Associate Vice-President Indigenous Initiatives
  • Lisa Philipps, Provost & Vice-President Academic
  • Sean Hillier, Assistant Professor & York Research Chair in Indigenous Health Policy & One Health
  • Mary Condon, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Randy Pitawanakwat, Manager, Indigenous Student Services
  • Stephen Teong, President, Glendon College Student Union


  • Welcome & Land Acknowledgement
  • Opening Remarks
  • Spoken Word Original Reading
  • Moment of Silence
  • Panel Speakers and Discussion
  • Closing Remarks


Sep 30 2021


11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Virtual (Zoom)


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