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50th Anniversary Gala Keynote Address: Public policy in Canada from an Indigenous perspective

Our 50th Anniversary Gala in Ottawa will feature a keynote address by Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii), associate professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and regular Policy Options contributor.

He will talk about public policy in Canada from an Indigenous perspective, at a time when many Canadians are starting to ask what it means for us to live side by side.  Professor Sanderson will tell the story of two neighbouring communities in Manitoba, the town of Rossburn and the Waywayseecappo Indian reserve, living on two sides of a beautiful valley.  He will explore how they became separate and unequal, and how their struggle for equality shows us a way forward.

His keynote will be based on his recently released book, co-authored by Andrew Stobo Sniderman, Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation.


Date and time
November 23, 2022
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Event Type
Exclusive access to IRPP 50th Anniversary Gala ticket holders
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