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Katherine A.H. Graham Lecture on Aboriginal Policy

Established in 2009, the Katherine A.H. Graham Lecture on Aboriginal Policy provides a vehicle for examining a wide range of policy issues, cases, models and tools related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada. Under this initiative, the University annually invites a noted leader in the Aboriginal community, the non-profit sector, government or business to present a public lecture on Aboriginal policy.

Katherine Graham served as Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs from 2003-2009. This lectureship honours her deep commitment to the sustainability of Aboriginal communities through public policy and citizen engagement.

The event takes place in June.

Rights and Responsibilities in a Time of Reconciliation

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About our most recent lecture

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued Principles of Reconciliation and 94 Calls to Action. At the heart of these Calls to Action is the need for true understanding of these new responsibilities and to fully embrace inherent rights of Indigenous people. In his talk, Ry Moran explored the central role of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in these rights and responsibilities in this era of reconciliation.

About our last Speaker:

As the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), it is Ry Moran’s job to guide the creation of an enduring national treasure – a dynamic Indigenous archive built on integrity, trust and dignity. Ry came to the Centre directly from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). On the TRC’s behalf, he facilitated the gathering of nearly 7,000 video/audio-recorded statements of former residential school students and others affected by the residential school system. He was also responsible for gathering the documentary history of the residential school system from more than 20 government departments and nearly 100 church archives – millions of records in all.

Before joining the TRC, Ry was the founder and president of YellowTilt Productions, which delivered services in a variety of areas including Aboriginal language presentation and oral history. He has hosted internationally broadcast television programs, produced national cultural events, and written and produced original music for children’s television. Ry’s professional skills and creativity have earned him many awards, including a National Aboriginal Role Model Award, and a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award. Ry continues to advocate for Survivors, truth and reconciliation with commentary in radio, print and television. Ry is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Manitoba.

Previous Speakers


Paul Chartrand: Aboriginal-Canada Relations: From RCAP to 2016


Val Napoleon: Indigenous Legal Perspectives as Policy and Research Foundation


James K. Bartleman: Aboriginal Canadians: The Struggle to be Seen as Human


Satsan (Herb George): A New Era in Aboriginal/Crown Relations – A New Frontier for Educational Institutions


Shawn A-in-chut Atleo: Smashing the Status Quo


Mary May Simon: The Biggest Social Policy Change of Our Time