Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has identified and conducted itself as a country of two founding nations, the British and the French, while subordinating the status of Indigenous peoples. A new project is seeking to alter that narrative through official recognition, on the 150th anniversary of the 1867 confederation, of the foundational contributions of Indigenous peoples to the formation of Canada, in addition to the British and the French. By resetting Canada's origin story, future generations will better understand the true nature of the country's origins, and we will improve the context for discussion and action on commitments already made to reconciliation, building nation-to-nation relationships and rights to self-determination.
Kathleen Mahoney is a professor of law at the University of Calgary, specializing in human rights. She has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Trudeau Fellow, a Sir Alan Sewell Fellow (Australia), a Human Rights Fellow (Harvard), and a Fulbright Fellow.
Please note this event will take place in English, with simultaneous interpretation available via cell phone.