On May 8, the TJ Centre hosted a scholarly conference, “Evaluating the Impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.” Delegates from across the country considered the Commission’s impact across a number of different aspects of the Canadian landscape. These include the collective understanding of the legacy of colonialism; the role of the churches; the evolution of the term "reconciliation" in legal matters; and other important elements.
Featured speakers included: Carole Blackburn, Anthropology, UBC Michael Coyle, Law, Western Jonathan Dewar, Algoma Julia Emberley, English, Western Matt James, Political Science, Victoria Jennifer Llewellyn, Law, Dalhousie Brian Rice, Education, Winnipeg Douglas Sanderson, Law, Toronto John Siebert, Project Ploughshares Kim Stanton, Stanton Legal, Toronto Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Lakehead
Paper presentations by three of the students from the Collaborative Graduate Program in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction were also featured. The students included Tamara Hinan (Political Science), Tammy Lambert (Political Science), and Shirley Wales (Law).
The conference was kicked off by a screening of the documentary film, We Were Children, at the Wolf Performance Hall at the London Public Library on May 7.