Bridging Indigenous and human rights

Annette Trimbee, Loretta Ross Derek Nepinak - staff photo

Annette Trimbee, Loretta Ross Derek Nepinak – staff photo

As Canadians work to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, many leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors are looking for effective strategies and insights. On June 19, Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg, moderated an open panel discussion that touched on reconciliation, identity, Indigenous knowledge, and relationships with the self, the land, and others. 

Loretta Ross, Treaty Relations Commissioner of Manitoba and Derek Nepinak, CEO Kanata Financial and former Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, shared their insights on how leaders must initiate change in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

The event was held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, presented in partnership with The University of Winnipeg. It served as the opening session for executive students attending a new, immersive program developed by UWinnipeg and the CMHR  entitled Indigenous and Human Rights: An Executive Leadership Program. The six-day, immersive course includes presentations and discussions with Indigenous leaders, activists, educators and human rights scholars, exploration of relevant, interactive Museum exhibits for in-gallery learning, and first-hand perspectives from Indigenous peoples, including survivors of Indian Residential Schools.


1 Comment

  • Sandra Tomsons said...

    I think it is exciting that UofW is co-sponsoring this wonderful learning opportunity with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Reconciliation will be furthered when Indigenous leaders, Elders and Scholars enable non-Indigenous leaders, scholars, and ordinary settlers understand that human rights are both individual and collective. Then the ground will be prepared for the Community rights of Indigenous peoples to self determination and the use of their lands be affirmed and respected.