Putting Reconciliation into Practice: Inclusion and Action

A Public Policy Forum Seminar Series

Akwesasne Tour

The Public Policy Forum (PPF) is offering a professional development opportunity exclusively for public service executives to explore in-depth how reconciliation with Indigenous peoples can be put into practice. 

The federal government is committed to a renewed nation-to-nation, government-to-government and Inuit-Crown relationship with Indigenous peoples. PPF’s new series of four learning modules will better equip officials to take concrete steps in policy development towards renewing this important relationship, and to do so in an inclusive way. The seminar series represents a further step towards implementation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #57.

Objectives of the Seminar Series

  • Basics: Increase understanding of the history of the relationship with Indigenous peoples, Indigenous peoples’ perspectives, what reconciliation means, the past and present policy environment, as well as greater cultural competence and confidence.
  • Practical: Increase understanding about how officials can take reconciliation forward in their own role and in their department, and how officials can incorporate it into their everyday policy-making.
  • Extension: Take their knowledge back to their department and share it with colleagues.
  • Leadership: Create a core group of ‘champions’ for practicing reconciliation.
  • Collaborative: Build networks with other officials who are working through similar issues.
  • Cross-cutting: Thought-provoking program with new, innovative and credible ideas on how to move forward with reconciliation.

The Program

The sessions will be facilitated by a team of experienced moderators and involve presentations by leading experts including Indigenous leaders, discussion, critical thinking and interactive learning. The seminar series will focus on considering concrete policy solutions to some of the topical and important issues associated with the Indigenous agenda. 

Speakers include:

-Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild

-Professor Ken Coates

-Gina Wilson

-Max Fine Day (recently appointed by the Government to the Interim Board of the National Council for Reconciliation)

-Harold Calla (Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board)

-Kimberly Murray (Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Indigenous Justice Division at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and previously the Executive Director of the TRC)

-Jason Madden (leading Metis lawyer)

-Dawn Madahbee Leach (Vice Chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board)


Session 1: Visit to the Mohawk community of Akwesasne.

Session 2: Understanding and applying the government’s agenda

Session 3: Working Together – Partnership and co-development

Session 4: Building a nation-to-nation, government-to-government and Inuit-Crown relationship

There will also be a follow-up session in November where participants will reconvene to share how they have been putting reconciliation into practice in their own departments.

Who Should Attend

The seminar series is for executives, policy directors and practice leads in the public service who seek to better understand how they can take concrete steps now to practice reconciliation. 

*The seminar series will be in English.

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