MAY 10, 2016 - Canada’s Origin Story: Lunchtime Roundtable Discussion with Prof. Kathleen Mahoney

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to partner with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences to host:

Canada’s Origin Story
Lunchtime roundtable discussion with Professor Kathleen Mahoney.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Fauteux Hall, FTX570
(57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa)

The presentation will be in English.

Space is limited.
RSVP to Elaine Young (eyoung@ideas-idees.ca ) by Friday, May 6, indicating your name, position and organization.
A light lunch will be served to registered participants.


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.

Professor Mahoney is in Ottawa for a public Big Thinking lecture on Parliament Hill and we are taking advantage of her presence to have an exchange with community members. 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.

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