The School of Public Policy and Administration was honoured to welcome Carleton alumnus Tim O’Loan, who spoke with our community on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30. In his presentation, woven with two life-changing short videos, Tim O’Loan shared his personal stories, experiences and challenges stemming from his four years with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).
Tim O’Loan is a Sahtu Dene from the Northwest Territories (NWT) and a proud veteran having served 10 years (1983-1993) in the military before completing Carleton’s BA in Political Science (1997) and starting his professional career. From 1998-2006, Tim was a land claims and self-government negotiator for the Government of the NWT. He then moved to Ottawa for his MA in Canadian Studies (2008) at Carleton. Tim was asked to join the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) in 2010 as the advisor to the TRC Chair, former senator the Honourable Murray Sinclair. While Tim was with the TRC and since, he made a number of presentations on reconciliation to a range of institutions and number of stakeholders. Tim continues to share this unique perspective to all levels of government, educational institutions and the private sector across Canada.