Chair On Truth And Reconciliation

Welcome


The Chair on Truth and Reconciliation was appointed in 2016 to advocate for Truth and Reconciliation initiatives within the Lakehead University community, while serving as an ambassador for Truth and Reconciliation issues in Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County, and at provincial and national levels. 

The Chair on Truth and Reconciliation highlights and furthers Lakehead University's Strategic and Academic Plans to ensure Lakehead responds appropriately and effectively to the 94 Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report.  

This office will support, and lead as required, Lakehead University's focus on Aboriginal/Indigenous priorities and advise the President and other Executive Team members on provincial and national issues regarding Indigenous peoples.

Chair on Truth and Reconciliation


Headshot of Cynthia Wesley-EsquimauxDr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux served as Vice Provost for Indigenous Initiatives at Lakehead University for three years. Effective September2016 she was appointed as the 1st Indigenous Chair for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada for Lakehead University and she continues to develop pathways forward to reconciliation across Canada. Cynthia is responsible for the development and implementation of the President’s Council for the Truth and Reconciliation and the eight modules that have been designed to engage the staff, faculty and administration of the Lakehead community.

Cynthia was the inaugural Nexen Chair for Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and remains a faculty member in the Indigenous Learning program. She is a board member for the Teach for Canada non-profit which addresses the needs of Indigenous schools in Northern Ontario. Cynthia was inducted as a “Honourary Witness” by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2014, and is the Chair of the Governing Circle for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. 

She is a member and resident of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between peoples. She sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and applied research initiatives. She is deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement from all cultures and backgrounds. 

Cynthia co-founded a youth project out of the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan and Lakehead University. Information on the Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) can be found at: www.canadianroots.ca.

Chair on Truth and Reconciliation Reports


CTR Report 2018-19
CTR Report 2017

Chair on Truth and Reconciliation Activities


2020

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: January – March 2020 Activities

Treaties, reconciliation and Indigenous history in Canada

Date 2020

Activity

January 9th

Penetanguishene – Waypoint Centre for Mental Health – Research Ethics Board Meeting

January 14th

Orillia – Podcast on “the Legacy of Intergenerational Effect” for Canadian School of Public Service

January 15th

Orillia – attended TALL Series for Lakehead University – On Religion

January 16th

Orillia – Ji Ae Choi – I am an ESL teacher trying to create a unit on "Canada" that includes the indigenous history.  I was watching "Treaties, Reconciliation and Indigenous History in Canada" which aired 2 years ago on CBC and in it you said you had a reading list that can teach us about it. Please share, thank you!

January 17th

Orillia – meeting with four LU students for the research on reconciliation project – Doug West

January 20th

Orillia – Anabel Mifsud – Interview for Historic Trauma Ph.D. Thesis – University of New Orleans

January 21st

Toronto – Meeting with Beth Symes and Shelley Knott-Fife (Curve Lake First Nation) regarding Gibimishkaadimin an Indigenous Youth Canoe Program

January 22nd

Georgina Island – Debwewin – Youth Mental Health meeting

January 23rd

Orillia – President’s Council on Truth and Reconciliation Meeting

January 23rd

Orillia – Request to participate in U of T Research Project on Gendered Violence

January 24th

Toronto – Teach for Canada Board Meeting

January 28th

Orillia – Canadian Federation of University Women’s Association speaking event

January 29th

Orillia – ILA Deep Learning Webinar – new learning opportunity 12:00 to 1:00pm

January 31st

Orillia – Indigenous Ad Hoc Advisory Group – Budget 2020, and discussion of  Universities Canada’s Principles on Indigenous Education - ZOOM

February 1st through 7th

Banff – Right Relations Forum – was also attended by a very close friend of Minister Carolyn Bennett

February 7th through 9th

Yorkton, Saskatchewan – National Convention on Reconciliation Dialogue

February 13th

Keswick – Politically Speaking Rogers TV

February 14-19th

Orillia – very ill and confined to bed with a flu or very bad cold

February 22nd

Orillia – Orillia Opera House Artists Talk by Fred Larson

February 22nd

Orillia – CBC – Fresh Air/Here and Now, Nana Aba Duncan – talk on Wet’suwet’en Blockades and Tyendinaga

February 24th

Toronto – Conducting interviews for Teach for Canada Executive Director

February 24th

Toronto – Metro Morning with Piya Patachatta on Blockades

February 25th

Thunder Bay – Speaking to Indigenous high school students about attending Lakehead Law school

February 25th

Toronto – Ontario Morning show with Wei Chen on Blockades

February 27th

Thunder Bay – CBC Metro Morning on the Blockades

February 26th and 27th

Thunder Bay – The Ethics of Storytelling for the Centre for Ethics in Health – 2 hour evening session, and 1-hr afternoon session

March 2nd

Toronto – PDAC Breakfast with Lakehead University

March 3rd

Winnipeg – Canada School of Public Service Event with National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)

March 9th

Orillia – Interviewed by Anabel Mifsud, University of New Orleans on the impacts of Intergenerational Trauma for her Ph.D. thesis

March 10th AM

Orillia – Coffee Chat with Moira McPherson and Rama Council

March 10th PM

Orillia – Conference call with Banff Centre on the Canada School for Public Service Reconciliation Discussion

March 10th evening

Toronto – Teach for Canada staff training on Indigenous Knowledge

March 11th AM

Orillia – Meeting with Gojijing Circle on Reconciliation Simcoe Country – Gwen Boniface’s Reconciliation Circle

March 11th

Orillia – Indigenous Research Reconciliation Panel - McKenzie Media Productions, Organizer, Becky Big Canoe, Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Gary Pluim, Jacob Kearey-Moreland, Daniel Scholte,

McKenzie Watt and Vicki Monague

March 16th

Orillia – ZOOM Board call to review applications for a new Executive Director for Teach for Canada

March 26th

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada Module on Recruitment – Cynthia as moderator

March 30th

Georgina Island – Review and draft of book synopsis for visiting Lakehead International Bioethics Doctors

March 31st

Georgina Island – Review and editing of National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation 5-year Report

 

The above are all special activities outside of normal day to day work activities and represent off-campus and reconciliation work with Lakehead partners and Boards.

 

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: April – June 2020 Activities

Date 2020

Activity

April 1st

Georgina Island – Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care – Review of Research Proposal on Covid-19 patient/staff infections

April 1st

Georgina Island – Participation in U of T study to examine the impacts of the “MeToo” movement on Sexual Violence disclosure

April 1st

Georgina Island – Womens Advocacy Council Project participant on Women in Leadership and Democratic participation for research interview

April 2nd

Georgina Island – Waypoint Centre for Health Care – follow-up meeting on Covid-19 proposal

April 3rd

Georgina Island – Covenant on Reconciliation Meeting – United Church of Canada hosting

April 7th

Georgina Island – Indigenous Content Specialist Interviews with Rhonda Koster, Lakehead

April 9th

Georgina Island – Right to Play Advisory Council Meeting

April 10th

Georgina Island – Book Synopsis written and filed for Indigenous Health Ethics Book, editor, Alireza Bagheri

April 21st

Georgina Island – Interview of Lisa Harris for ICS, Lakehead University

April 21st

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada Board Meeting

April 22nd

Georgina Island – Interview of Jerri-Lynn Orr for ICS, Lakehead University

April 24th

Georgina Island – review of pharmacogenomics research project for Waypoint Centre for Mental Health

April 29th

Georgina Island – Covenant for Reconciliation for the National All Parties Table

April 30th

Georgina Island – prepared and delivered a recorded session on Indigenous Engagement for training Enbridge staff

May 1st

Georgina Island – Teaching with Zoom – Lakehead University training session – Phase One

May 6th

Georgina Island – Virtual Coffee Shop – TALL Team

May 9-10th

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada interviews (backup interviewer)

May 14th

Georgina Island – Research ethics meeting with Waypoint Mental Health Centre (am)

May 14th

Georgina Island – Governing Circle Meeting – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (pm)

May 15th

Georgina Island – Discussion with Banff Centre on developing online reconciliation webinars

May 15th

Georgina Island – National Online discussion on Violence Against Women and girls with Min Bennett, Yukon Gov’t Minister Dendys, and women on  MMIW Report and moving forward 4:30 – 6:45pm

May 20th

Georgina Island – Webinar with Murray Sinclair and Lee Maracle

May 21st

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada hiring committee to review ED search

May 22nd

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada Board meeting

May 22nd

Georgina Island – Invitation to host a dialogue with the Globe and Mailon Food and the Pandemic in June 2020

May 23rd

Georgina Island – Invitation to join a National Indigenous Advisory Committee on Environment and First Nation development

May 27th

Georgina Island – edX webinar on teaching online training

May 29th

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada ED Search & Board Update

May 2020

Georgina Island – Research and updates throughout  campus closing on modules and working with Rusty Brown, online developer

June 1st

Georgina Island – National Online discussion on Violence Against Women and girls with Min Bennett, Yukon Gov’t Minister Dendys, and women on  MMIW Report and moving forward 4:30 – 6:45pm – Follow-up discussion

June 2nd

Georgina Island – Teaching with ZOOM – Lakehead University training – Phase Two

June 5

Georgina Island – developing a GI proposal to fund youth and adolescent mental health w/Leah Atkinson, Kerrie-Ann Charles and Jake Charles

June 10th

Georgina Island – Peer Review and edit of paper for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation on Bill C21 - Quebec

June 13th

Georgina Island – Interviews for Teach for Canada teachers for the northern schools

June 15th

Georgina Island – Enbridge Community Engagement ZOOM test

June 18th

Georgina Island – Virtual training session with Enbridge Staff

June 18th

Georgina Island – Enbridge ZOOM on Indigenous engagement

June 18th

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada meeting with Minister Marc Miller

June 18th

Georgina Island – National Online discussion Session on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls – Manitoba

June 18th

Georgina Island – Call with David Barnett, Provost Academic

June 24th

Georgina Island – Covenant for Reconciliation for the National All Parties Table follow-up meeting

June 24th

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada recruitment for ED meeting

June 25th

Georgina Island – Peer Review of paper entitled: “No time to grieve: Inuit loss experiences and grief practices in Nunavik, Quebec for Transcultural Psychiatry

June 26th

Georgina Island – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Governing Circle meeting

June 26th

Georgina Island – GI proposal to develop a drop-in centre and aftercare centre – follow-up meeting

June 26th

Georgina Island – National Online discussion on Violence Against Women and girls with Min Bennett, Yukon Gov’t Minister Dendys, and women on  MMIW Report and moving forward 4:30 – 6:45pm – Follow-up discussion

June 29th

Georgina Island – Interview with Lyn Blackburde for Teach for Canada Board

June 22nd and June 29th

Georgina Island – Virtual training session with Enbridge Staff and employees (2)

 

The above are all special activities outside of normal day to day work activities and represent off-campus and reconciliation appointment and advisory work with Lakehead partners, boards and committees.

 

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: July – September 2020 Activities

Date 2020

Activity

July 3rd

Georgina Island – Community proposal for mental health and community wellness centre

July 7th

Georgina Island – Invitation to co-author paper “Systematic Literature Review on Indigenous Mediation” w/Masood Zangeneh & David Danto

July 8th

Georgina Island – Trudeau Foundation pre-webinar meeting with faculty

July 8th

Georgina Island – Video (2) preparation and completion for Lakeheadu community commitment

July 9th

Georgina Island – research for Systematic Literature Review on Indigenous Mediation w/Masood Zangeneh & David Danto

July 10th

Georgina Island – NCTR & AMP meeting on September 30th Orange Shirt Day online gala and education event

July 11th

Georgina Island – ISWG Church of the Redeemer Mural Circle with the artist – history and reconciliation

July 14th

Georgina Island – National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation Governing Circle meeting

July 14th

Georgina Island – Webinar on Indigenous Engagement for Enbridge

July 17th

Georgina Island – TACKLING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
Speaker : Mary Waceke Muia
Inspirational and Transformational Leader & Executive Coach, Diversity and Inclusion Expert (Nairobi).

July 17th

Georgina Island – PCTR Zoom meeting with team to update and move things forward

July 17th

Georgina Island – Community meeting with Georgina Islanders and The Krasman Centre, Alliston, Ontario

July 17th

Georgina Island – NCTR Governing Circle Nominations Committee discussion & update

July 21st

Georgina Island – MMIW Federal ZOOM Meeting with national representation and Ministers Bennett/Monsef

July 22nd

Georgina Island – NCTR session on Orange Shirt Day Celebration

July 22nd

Georgina Island – Covenant of Reconciliation – Draft Review and Discussion

July 24th

Georgina Island – Leadership meeting with the Banff Centre

July 24th

Georgina Island – PCTR Zoom meeting with team to update those who missed meeting on the 17th

July 25th

Georgina Island – Meeting with Erin Dixon on Leadership Webinars

July 27th

Georgina Island – Interviewed by Sana Abbas on Intergenerational Trauma, New York Times Newsletter

July 28th

Georgina Island – TakingitGlobal online discussion on Indigenous Education Barriers

July 29th

Georgina Island – Krasman Centre re: GI Wellness Centre update and proposal preparation

July 30th

Georgina Island – Panel  presentation for the Trudeau Foundation – Webinar on Power and Knowledge: exploring new models for greater equity in crisis.

July 31st

Georgina Island – PCTR Update meeting for those missing previous meetings

July 31st

Georgina Island – NCTR – Every Child Matters – Reconciliation Through Education National Event

August 4th

Georgina Island – NCTR Update on Destruction of Records case & Governing Circle discussion

August 5th

Georgina Island – MMIW and Gender Based Violence (4:00-6:00pm) national webinar

August 5-6th

Georgina Island – Borealis Summer Institute attendance with President Moira McPherson

August 7th

Georgina Island – “Inaadiziwin (Way of Life) Wellness and Cultural Centre” proposal development with GI Team – Leah Atkinson and Kerrie-Anne Charles

August 11th

Georgina Island – Governing Circle meeting - NCTR

August 12th

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada Board meeting

August 12th

Georgina Island – TD Canada Proposal meeting with GI Team    and Krasman

August 13th

Georgina Island – Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC) Cultural Safety and Reconciliationdiscussion

August 25th

Georgina Island – NCTR Governing Circle

August 25th

Georgina Island – Perspectives on Reconciliation – A Virtual Convening by Yukon University

August 26th

Georgina Island Banff Centre – Webinar conversation on ACE’s

August 27th

Georgina Island – Universities Canada Ad Hoc Advisory Council on Indigenous Education

August 27th

Georgina Island – First Nations Information Governance Centre – research on gender based violence

Sept 1st

Georgina Island – NCTR Ministerial Announcement– Zoom attendance

Sept 1st

Georgina Island – Teach for Canada Board Business

Sept 1st

Georgina Island – Executive search for Teach for Canada

Sept 2nd

Georgina Island – Neighbourhood Law Services – Reconciliation and Gladue Reports

Sept 2nd

Georgina Island Banff Centre Wise Practices and Leadership webinar

Sept 3rd

Georgina Island – Canadian International Council – Couchiching Institute Brainstorming Session for 2020

Sept 3rd

Georgina Island – Indigenous Primary Health Care Council

Sept 4th

Georgina Island – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Sept 8th

Georgina Island – Bora Laskin Law School Orientation Webinar with Don McIntyre (lawyer in Alberta)

Sept 8th

Georgina Island – President’s Welcome - Orientation

Sept 9th

Georgina Island Banff Centre Executive – Allyship and Reconciliation in Canada

Sept 10th

Georgina Island – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Nominations Committee

Sept 10th

Georgina Island – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Every Child Matters – Orange Shirt Day Event – September 30th

Sept 12th

Orillia – Meeting and interview with Elizabeth Holland – Globe and Mail Insiders Report

Sept 14th

Orillia – Peer review – "No time to grieve: Inuit loss experiences and grief practices in Nunavik, Quebec." For the journal of Transcultural Psychiatry

Sept 14th

Orillia – Indigenous Content Requirement Task Force

Sept 14th

Orillia – Indian Residential Schools Covenant development

Sept 15th

Orillia – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Governing Circle Meeting

Sept 15th

Orillia – Presentation on Modules One through Four to the OIEC

Sept 16th

Orillia – Teach for Canada interviews for a new Executive Director

Sept 17th

Orillia – Senator Gwen Boniface community table for Truth and Reconciliation in Orillia

Sept 17th

Orillia Banff Centre Fireside chat on Indigenous Leadership Planning

Sept 17th

Orillia – Discussion on Cultural Safety with the Indigenous Primary Health Care Councilmembers

Sept 18th

Orillia Banff Centre on Indigenous leadership Fireside chat and open engagement session

Sept 19-21st

Orillia – Spirit of Canada Dialogues and responding to request to host a national conversationfor dialogues

Sept 21st

Orillia – Joey and Rita Duncan – Thunder Bay Residents – personal consultation with me on starting training program on transitions for students TBay

Sept 22nd

Orillia – Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Reconciliation Circleplanning on systemic racism and poverty

Sept 22nd

Orillia – Teach for Canada Board Meeting re: ED Search

Sept 22nd

Orillia – Zoom meeting with JasminePanacheese – Indigenous Student Support – Lakehead, Orillia

Sept 23rd

Orillia – Discussion with Dylan Mazur on establishing a Restorative Justice Process for Lakehead TBay

Sept 23rd

Orillia – Peer review - "Transgenerational Trauma in Rwandan Genocidal Rape Survivors and Their Children: A Culturally Enhanced Bioecological Approach" for the Journal of Child and Family Studies

Sept 23rd

Orillia – Discussion on racism with the Ontario Science Centre – volunteer advisory to Science Panel on Racism

Sept 24th

Orillia – NCTR Governing Circle meeting and ED nominations committee update

Sept 24th

Orillia – Write Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) article for “She is Wise” magazine

Sept 25th

Orillia Banff Centre – Guest Speaker for Project Management Course on Wise Practices in Project Management

Sept 25th

Orillia – Pre-screening of “Every Child Matters” NCTR

Sept 28th

Orillia – Spirit of Canada Dialogues – Reconciliation Group to open conversations

Sept 29th

Orillia – Where We Go From Here: Indigenous prosperity at a crossroads Webinar

Sept 30th

Orillia – Orange Shirt Day and presentation of “Every Child Matters” Nationally – NCTR

Sept 30th

Orillia – Participation in Lakehead Orange Shirt Day Webinar

2019

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: January – March 2019 Activities

Date 2019

Activity

January 3rd

Thunder Beach – Brunch with Cabinet Minister, Carolyn Bennett, MD, MP.

January 16th

Rama First Nation – Veronica Elliott – Trauma Informed Care

January 21-22nd

Lakehead University – Taught class for Bill Taylor – and hosted PCTR in Thunder Bay and online for Orillia

January 24-25th

Toronto – Teach for Canada Board Meeting

January 26-February 3rd

Banff, Alberta – Right Relations and History of Rights

February 6th

Barrie – Biimaadisiwin Committee – Feather Carriers

February 7th

Rama – YMCALeadership Workshop for Frank Cappadocia

February 14th

Orillia – Meeting with Anti-Racism Directorateconference call

February 20-21st

Winnipeg – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

February 22nd

Orillia – Focus group on PCTR Modules

February 26th

Orillia – Pearson College Board Meeting – teleconference

February 27th

Toronto – Conservation Ontario for Georgina Island First Nation

March 1st

Toronto – Jack.org – Youth Suicide Prevention Conference – Holy Trinity Church Toronto

March 5th

Banff, Alberta – Alberta Health Services – Reconciliation & Right Relations

March 12th

Orillia – Executive Committee update on PCTR Modules

March 12th

Orillia – Classroom Instruction – Social Differences in Education 4 hours total am/pm for Gary Pluim

March 13th

Orillia – Anti-Racism Directorate follow-up

March 15-17th

Rama – United Church Rights Relations

March 18th

Winnipeg – National Centre on Truth and Reconciliation

March 21-22nd

Rama – Feather Carrier’s Training

March 24-29th

Banff, Alberta – Wise Practices through Reconciliation

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: April –June 2019 Activities – if not stated as a specific event – in office activities apply 

Date 2019

Activity

April 3rd

Thunder Bay – Aboriginal Mentorship Program – Presentation for Lisa Harris

April 4-5th

Miami – Vacation

April 9th

Ottawa – Testified before the Senate of Canada on the Child Welfare Legislation

April 11th

Orillia – Attended a large community conversation on the Champlain Monument

April 12-13th

Toronto – attendance in the afternoon at the Liberal Convention

April 15th

Toronto – Canadian Club w/Carolyn Bennett – full update on Ministry

April 17th

Rama First Nation – Lunch meeting with Dan Shilling, CEO Rama First Nation

April 30th

Ottawa – Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre Gala and community event

May 3-6th

Orillia – Reviewed Master’s thesis for Lakehead student

May 5th

Orillia – Building Hope Event for addressing homelessness

May 9th

St. Catherine’s – Attended Brock University celebration for Shirley Cheechoo – Order of Canada

May 10th

Thunder Bay – Attended “Material Witness” Indigenous Play – shared some time with Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler

May 11-17th

Banff – Right Relations Support

May 19th

Tiny Township – 40th Anniversary Party – Peter O’Brian and Carolyn Bennett

May 22nd

Orillia – Third Age Learning – Lakehead Talk Series

May 22nd

Orillia – Research interview by Candace Burnette, Western University

May 23rd

Rama First Nation – Meeting with Chief and Council

May 23rd

Toronto – Outside Looking In – Dance Theatre – Nishnabe Aski Nation Youth

May 24th

Orillia – Anthropocene Film – Orillia Community Church

May 28th

Orillia – Planning meeting with Allysha Wasegijig

May 29th

Orillia – Third Age Learning – Lakehead Sustainability Sessions

May 29th

Orillia – Green New Deal Town Hall – St. James Anglican Church

May 31st

Orillia – Chancellors Dinner

June 1st

Thunder Bay – Convocation

June

Christian Island – Community meeting

June 5th

Orillia – Presidents Spring Forum

June 7th

Orillia – Focus Group on Lakehead Campaign and Chancellors Dinner

June 12th

Orillia – BBQ with Orillia Business Women

June 14th

Orillia – Geneva Park Leadership Conference – Transformational Leadership Presentation

June 17th

Orillia – Review PhD Thesis with committee

June 17th

Toronto – Teach for Canadaemergency board meeting

June 18th

Barrie – Business and Professional Women Talk

June 19-30th

New Zealand – Presentation on Indigenous Women in Academia

 

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: July – September 2019 Activities

Date 2019

Activity

July 3rd

Toronto – Lunch with Teach for Canada staff in Toronto

July 4th

Orillia – Packing up Heritage Place Office

July 6th

Georgina Island – Sacred Fire and Community Support – Funeral Preparation

July 8th

Georgina Island – Funeral and Closing Fire Ceremony

July 10th

Georgina Island – Two webinars for Liberal Candidacy

July 11th

Orillia – Finishing packing office for move on Friday July 12th

July 14th

Coldwater, Ontario – Nomination Meeting – Candidate will be Gerry Hawes

July 15th

Orillia – Unpacking new office

July 18th

Orillia – Zoom meeting with PCTR members

July 22nd

Georgina Island – Meeting with Moose Deer Point Representative Clara Fraser re: Research

July 23rd

Georgina Island – Conference with Banff Centre on Alberta Reconciliation

August 2nd

Georgina Island – Conference with Banff Centre on BC Reconciliation

August 8th – August 16th

Carson City  & Whitehorse, Yukon – National Reconciliation

August 27th – 28th

Thunder Bay – Law School Conference

September 3rd

Toronto – Teach for Canada Board Meeting

September 5th

Toronto – Robbie Robertson Doc Launch TIFF w/Min Bennett

September 8th

Toronto – Fund Raiser Run for Teach for Canada

September 9th

Toronto – Teach for Canada meeting with Executive Director

September 10th

Sutton West – Confirmation of Candidacy for York Simcoe Federal election

September 17th

Orillia – Lakehead Wellness Consultation

September 18th

Orillia – Reconciliation Round Table with Gwen Boniface

September 19th – 20th

Toronto – Teach for Canada Retreat

September 23rd

Orillia & Thunder Bay – PCTR update and discussion

September 24th

Georgina Island – Meeting with Chief and Ed Director

September 25th

Toronto – Mohawk College talk on Reconciliation

September 28th

Georgina Island First Nation – Annual Pow Wow

September 29th

Orangeville – Reconciliation talk for Headwaters Indigenous Awareness Group

September 30th

Kamloops, BC – Indigenous Women,  Leadership and Right Relations  

 

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: October – December 2019 Activities

Date 2019

Activity

October 1st – October 4th

Kamloops, BC – Indigenous Women,  Leadership and Right Relations  

October 6th

Liberal Fund Raiser – Brunch w/M Coteau & C Bennett

October 7th – 11th

Banff, Alberta – Right Relations through Reconciliation

October 14th – October 21st

York Simcoe – Campaign events and community engagement

October 22nd

Orillia – Return to Work as Chair on Truth and Reconciliation  for Lakehead University

October 23rd

Sutton – Indigenous Career Fair at the Sutton High School with Allysha Wassegijig

October 24th – October 28th

Ottawa – International Leadership Association – moderated a plenary discussion between the Hon Paul Martin and Senator Sinclair and presented two workshops – Pasapkedjinawong: Rivers of Courage within Truth, Reconciliation and Right Relations in Canada and Indigenous Leadership in North America: Contemporary Challenges and Ancient Wisdom

November 3rd – 4th

Thunder Bay – Panel to discuss Walk a Mile Presentation – St. Joe’s Care Group and meeting with Dr. David Barnett

November 7th

Toronto – Right to Play Advisory Committee

November 15th

Banff, Alberta – Katimavik National Conference Call and Planning Session

November 19th – November 21st

Banff, Alberta – Facilitation of Session for Board of Governors and Banff Centre Executive for the Indigenous Leadership on Right Relations & Wise Practices Programs

November 26th

Orillia – Presidents Council on Truth and Reconciliation

November 28th

Sharon – Rescue Lake Simcoe and Land Coalition

November 29th and 30th

Georgina Island – Trauma Discussions – GI Youth Suicide

December 4th

Orillia – Reconciliation Roundtable with Senator Gwen Boniface

December 5th

Ottawa – Telfer School of Management – Right Relations through Policy and Practice

December 7-8th

Toronto – Katimavik Advisory

December 11th

Orillia – President’s Council on Truth and Reconciliation

December 12th

Orillia – Update with President McPherson

December 13th

Orillia – Yukon College/University update and online group meeting

December 14th

Georgina Island – Trauma Discussion follow-up – GI Youth Suicide

December 20th

Toronto – Christmas party at Minister Bennett’s

December 28-29th

Thunder Beach – End of Year Party and overnight w/Minister Bennett– Important discussions!

 

2018

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux – January through March 2018

Date 2018

Activity

Jan 10th  

Thunder Bay – Meeting with Magnus Theatre on bringing together Indigenous people and the arts – planning meeting

Jan 12th

Toronto – Speaking to U of T students on professionalizing their Graduate Degrees

Jan 18-19th

Ottawa – Key Note to Actua International, as an organization that fully supports, and is actively engaged in responding to the TRC recommendations, we would be honoured if you would consider delivering a keynote address to our member Directors.

Jan 23rd

Thunder Bay – Lakehead University meeting with the City of Thunder Bay – 1pm to 4:30pm.

 

Jan 24-28th

Miami – Family visit – flight was changed from December to January because of a travel error.

Jan 29th

Thunder Bay & Orillia – President’s Council on Reconciliation (see attached)

Feb 1-2nd

Toronto – Board Meeting for Teach for Canada – Lakehead hosts this organization in the summer for a 3 week training of teachers going north.

Feb 5th

Thunder Bay – DFC – Law School day – talk to students.

Feb 5-6th

Winnipeg – Meeting with Teach forCanada

Feb 7-9th

Ottawa – Round Table on Governance and Reconciliation.

Feb 9th

Thunder Bay – Noon Conference call on Lester B. Pearson School of the Pacific.

Feb 12-13th

Ottawa – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada / Government of Canada

 

Feb 14-15th

Thunder Bay – MNRF – Reconciliation and Conservation Officers / Government of Ontario

Feb 21-23rd

Ottawa – “Indigenous Women as Change Makers” – Speaker and Moderator - MIRR

Feb 27th

St. Catherines – Ridley College – Calls to Action and Higher Education – Indigenous Injury and Reconciliation.

Mar 1-2nd

Thunder Bay – Law School Conference - speaker

Mar 6-8th

Thunder Bay – Matawa Education Conference Speaker on “Unbundling Uncomfortable Conversations” in education.

Mar 7th

EdmontonTentative – Historic Trauma Hearing – Sawridge First Nation.

Mar 12-14th

Winnipeg – The Owiiji'iwe Conference "Building Bridges Together to Reconciliation and Healing" as speaker

Mar 15-16th

Toronto – Will be working with MNRF prosecutors and enforcement staff about how to identify alternatives to prosecution for Indigenous persons – reconciliation in action.

Mar 19-21st

Toronto – University of Guelph-Humber – will be publishing a chapter of mine in a new book on reconciliation.

Mar 25-30th

Banff, Alberta – The Banff Centre is continuing program development and training prospects on Reconciliation w/Allies in Canada – Speaker

 

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: April – June 2018 Activities

Date 2018

Activity

April 3rd

Thunder Bay – meeting with Moira McPherson

April 3rd

Thunder Bay – Sawridge Update – Catherine Twinn

April 4th

Toronto – Reconciliation through Restorative Justice - MNRF

April 5th

Toronto – Reconciliation through Restorative Justice – Day Two

 

April 6th

Toronto – Meeting with Norm Emblem – Jack.org – Youth Organization and recruiting Indigenous youth participants

April 9th

Thunder Bay – Indspire Meeting – Teach for Tomorrow Project

April 10th

Thunder Bay – Indspire Meeting – Teach for Tomorrow – Day Two

April 11th – 14th

Victoria, BC – Pearson Board Meeting in Pedder Bay, British Columbia

April 19th

Thunder Bay – Reconciliation – Anti-Racism Talk for Children’s Services – Toronto Region

April 20th

Thunder Bay – Meeting with Moira McPherson

April 21st – 27th

Banff, Alberta – The Banff Centre is continuing program development and training prospects on Reconciliation and Right Relations w/Allies in Canada – Speaker

April 30th

Ottawa – Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations – Reconciliation through Child Welfare MOU

May 1st

Niagara Falls – Niagara Victim Services Branch – Reconciliation through understanding Intergenerational Trauma

May 2nd – 3rd

King City – Indigenous Ways of Healing Conference Speaker

May 4th

Thunder Bay – President’s Council on Truth and Reconciliation

May 10th

Thunder Bay – Unbundling Uncomfortable Conversations – Reconciliation Talk at St. Andrews Church

May 11th

Thunder Bay – Lunch with Lakehead University student – Amiee Juan

May 14th – 16th

Banff, Alberta – The Banff Centre is continuing program development and training prospects on Reconciliation and Right Relations w/Allies in Canada – Speaker

May 23rd – 24th

Ottawa – DetermiNATION – Nishnawbe Aski Nation on “After the Indian Act” in Ottawa, Ontario

May 29th – 30th

Winnipeg – National Centre on Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Council Meeting

May 31st

Thunder Bay – Faculty of Law – Student Blanket Ceremonies

June 1st – 2nd

Thunder Bay – Convocation

June 8th

Orillia – Discussion on design and training for Lakehead TRC Modules at Orillia Campus

June 9th

Orillia – Convocation

June 11th – 15th

Banff – Neurosequential Conference on HTT and ACE’s

June 19th

Orillia – Meeting with Linda Rodenburg to begin proposal process for Speakers Series – Orillia Campus

June 20th

Orillia – Interview regarding resilience factors among post-secondary Indigenous students

June 20th

Orillia – Online meeting with Dr. McPherson

June 21st

Toronto – Royal Canadian Navy Reception for Reconciliation and Recruitment for Lakehead University Thunder Bay & Orillia

June 22nd

Orillia – Meeting with Principle Dean Jobin-Bevans

June 25th

Orillia – Returned comprehensive Draft to Principle and Dr. Rodenburg – will file with Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities to engage and exchange knowledge on successful ways of conducting Indigenous research that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation, including holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches.

These Connection Grants are valued at up to $50,000 for six months, with the possibility of a six-month extension.

June 28th

Ottawa – Dinner with Carleton University Board of Governors

June 29th

Winnipeg – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Round Table with Commissioners Murray Sinclair and Wilton Littlechild and NCTR Team

 

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: July – September 2018 Activities

Date 2018

Activity

July 3rd

Orillia – Teach for Canada Board meeting

July 3rd

Orillia – McConnell Foundation – Scott Baker (Interview on Leadership)

July 5th

Orillia – Linda Rodenburg – Review of completed draft proposal and tweaks to wording

July 6th – 7th

Orillia – Draft letters of support templates and request support for Speaker Series from Tri-Council Chiefs and Councils and the Metis Nation

July 10th

Georgina Island – Interview for film on Doctrine of Discovery

July 17th

Orillia – Meeting with Principle Dean Jobin-Bevins

July 23rd – 27th

Vancouver – Assembly of First Nations Annual Gathering

July 28th

Orillia – First Nations Literary Festival

July 30th

Georgina Island – NCTR Conference Call – 2 hours

July 31st

Orillia – completed work for Principle Jobin-Bevans

August 1st

Georgina Island - VACATION

August 3rd

GI – VACATION

August 6th – 10th

GI – VACATION

August 13th – 15th

GI – VACATION

August 16th – 17th

Toronto – Teach for Canada Board Meeting

August 20th – 21st

GI – VACATION

August 22nd

Toronto – U of t Academic Interview by Candace Brunette

August 23rd

GI – VACATION

August 24th – 25th

Georgina Township Clearwater Farms barn raising social

August 27th – 28th

Orillia – Reconciliation and Right Relations updates and PCTR program development for Lakehead University training and signing of proposal for Orillia Campus – attended Orillia Campus talk on Donald Trump “W(h)ine and Geez”

Direct report with Dr. McPherson (telephone call)

August 29th

Orillia & Georgina Island – trip to GI with Interim President Dr. McPherson

August 30th

Thunder Bay – Law School Orientation – Reconciliation

August 31st

Thunder Bay – On Campus for Undergrad Orientation

September 6th

Toronto – Attend Nomination Night for Carolyn Bennett

September 20th

Orillia – The Chair tabled modules 1-7 with the PCTR committee for review

September 15th

Toronto – The Chair was invited to present on the Church and Reconciliation, moving to governance by Indigenous congregations within the United Church of Canada

September 21st

Thunder Bay – The Chair taught a course at the Matawa Educational Institute

September 22nd

Thunder Bay – The Chair attended the Installation of President McPherson

September 23rd – 28th

Banff Centre – Right Relations

September 2018

Banff Centre – Delivered a key note for the Bow Valley Community Organization on Reconciliation in Canada

September

Orillia – finalized Proposal for submission with Linda Rodenburg

September 29th

Brantford – delivered a key note to Indian Residential School Survivors on ACE’s and epi-genetics

 

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux: October – December 2018 Activities

Date 2018

Activity

October 1st

Orillia – Reconciliation meeting with St. Paul’s United Church

October 2nd

Toronto – Clearwater Farm Fund Raiser

October 3rd

Toronto – REBOOT – TED@BCG Community Conversation

October 9th – 11th

Toronto – MMIW Facilitation and Witnessing

October 11th – 12th

Winnipeg – National Centre on Truth and Reconciliation

October 16th

Orillia – Meeting with Graduate Student on Indigenous Research Questions

October 17th

Rama First Nation – Meeting withOgemawahj Tribal Council staff member

October 17th

Rama First Nation – Meeting with Community Organizers

October 18th

Toronto – Canadian Roots Exchange Gala and 10th Anniversary Celebration

October 19th -21st

Ottawa – Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

October 23rd

Orillia – PCTR Meeting – Orillia Campus

October 24th

Christian Island – Meeting with Chief and Council

October 27th

Markham – Reconciliation with Minister Jane Philpott

October 31st – Nov 2nd

Inuvik, NWT – MMIW Facilitation and Witnessing

Nov 7th

Toronto – Canadian Club lunch and presentation by Minister Hajdu

Nov 15th – 18th

Montreal – Pearson School of the Pacific – Board Meeting

Nov 19th – 21st

Edmonton – MMIW – Facilitation and Witnessing

Nov 24th – 30th

Banff, Alberta – Wise Practices in Indigenous Leadership and Reconciliation

Dec 5th

Orillia – Meeting with Tribal Council Chiefs and Lakehead Faculty

Dec 2018

Ottawa – McConnell Foundation 12 Lessons Shared project