Reconciliation in Action: How can we best support indigenous-led projects? – Cancelled
The second edition of Tillutarniit, an outdoor Inuit film and cultural festival, took place in the FOFA Gallery courtyard from August 3 to 5, 2017. Coordinated and curated by Isabella Weetaluktuk, this Inuit-led festival created an important space for the Inuit people living in Montreal to gather, celebrate and engage with the artistic expressions emerging from their own communities.
The Final Report published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 calls on universities and other colonial institutions to respond meaningfully to its 94 Calls to Action. Taking Tillutarniit as our starting point, this Living Knowledge event will look at the ways in which the University can work towards reconciliation by supporting indigenous-led projects. By leveraging its significant institutional resources, including space and access to funding opportunities, Concordia is well-placed to incubate nascent community ideas. However, internal structures and processes are not always conducive to allowing community-driven collaborations to thrive. What does it take to bring important initiatives like Tillutarniit to fruition? How can we make sure the University stays squarely in the role of support, without taking over leadership responsibilities that rightly belong to the community?
Together, we will discuss the internal systems that currently make these types of collaborations challenging and explore ways in which these barriers can be removed. Most importantly, we will celebrate the impact that Tillutarniit had for the Inuit community in Montreal and imagine what other possibilities might exist in the future.
Stephen Agluvak Puskas
Other guest(s) to be confirmed
This is the third of four meetings of Living Knowledge events during the 2017-2018 academic year. Living Knowledge strives to bring together faculty and staff who share a passion for community engaged scholarship, with the goal of creating connections, sharing ideas and strengthening our collective practice. Students, community organizers and representatives from other universities are also welcome. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow this link to RSVP.