The Paradox of Truth and Reconciliation: Beyond Land Acknowledgement

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 7:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Lakehead Orillia Campus or online
Event Contact Name: 
Office of Community Engagement & Lifelong Learning
Event Contact Phone: 
705-330-4010 ext. 2632
Event Contact E-mail: 

The Paradox of Truth and Reconciliation: Beyond Land Acknowledgement

Ten years ago Indigenous peoples received their first invitation to the Couchiching Conversations. 

Where do we stand ten years later? 

Save the Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 7:30 pm to 10 pm

In-person at the Lakehead Orillia campus (500 University Ave) or online. 

This event is free and open to all community members. 

We thank Elder Lorraine McRae for opening and closing this event in a good way, and acting as host on behalf of Rama First Nation.

Glenn Nolan grew up on the Missanabie Cree First Nation, and he brings varied and valuable experience and a strong understanding of resource development and Aboriginal communities to his role as Vice President, Government Affairs, for Ring of Fire Metals, a mining company developing a nickel/copper deposit in the “Ring of Fire” region of Northern Ontario. 

Marilyn Poitras is deeply rooted in the Indigenous community in Saskatchewan and is currently the Principal Designer and Owner of MPoitras Ethics, Law and Design. Through her expertise in law, love of family and gifts as a teacher Marilyn is building an Indigenous language of Design Thinking. She brings a strategy to create and reinvent design solutions through her traditional teachings on natural law, spiritual law and human law. As a lawyer, a negotiator, a professor, as a community builder, a film producer, script writer, editor, and a systems renovator she sees, at every step in the design process, an opportunity to practice inclusion. Her gift is to notice who is here and ask who is missing and asking why; she then seeks to know the voice in the room as well as the space for silence. 

Michael Redhead Champagne is an award-winning Ininew public speaker, community organizer, and a proud member of Shamattawa First Nation. Drawing on his cultural identity, experiences growing up in Winnipeg's North End, and his connection to the child welfare system, Michael seeks to enable youth with lived experience to design, deliver, and evaluate initiatives that will support them as they find their paths.

This event is free and open to members of the community. You may choose to attend virtually (Zoom) or attend in-person at the Lakehead Orillia (500 University Avenue) campus.