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Committing to Reconciliation in Aurora and Archaeology

November 2, 2017 Indigenous Issues

Across the country many groups and individuals are organizing activities and events that commit to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.  For example, this month:

**Action #83

A travelling exhibition has been inspired to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission‘s Call to Action #83 - “a strategy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.”

The process has resulted in what has been described as a thought provoking, timely exhibition.  The exhibition expresses a roadmap for ‘awi-niigaani-mino-wiiji-inawendiwin’ – ‘going forward together in harmony.’

It has been running since August but there is still time to see it before it closes on November 11th.  The show is at the Aurora Cultural Centre.



**Archaeologists and Reconciliation

The Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS) holds its annual symposium later this month.

This year’s theme is From Truth to Reconciliation: Redefining Archaeology in Ontario.

The theme acknowledges that Supreme Court decisions, the TRC Calls to Action and UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) have direct and immediate consequences for how archaeology is practiced in Ontario.

The OAS recognizes that the relationship between archaeology and First Nations peoples must change.  But how that change takes place and what the changes will be is unclear.  That is because of “the complex and intertwined web of legislation that governs archaeological practice in Ontario.”

The program flyer for the symposium asks the question:

 "How do we practice an archaeology that respects Indigenous rights while operating within a regulatory system that does not fully recognize those rights yet?”

The 2017 Annual OAS Symposium runs November 17-19 in Brantford.

More information can be found at 


At the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic we have created the I AM COMMITTED campaign. The campaign is designed so that people can make personal commitments to the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Make your commitment at

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