Beverley Diamond

“Re” Thinking: Revitalization, Return, and Reconciliation in Contemporary Indigenous Expressive Culture.

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Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond

TO THE ARTS, CITIZENS! : Social Mediation through the Arts

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Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah

Society Matters: why should we value the Humanities?

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James Bartleman

Residential Schools: Have we forgotten our responsibility?

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Weaver, Johnson and Chuenpagdee

How Do We Build Resilient Communities in the Face of Climate Change?

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Gérard Bouchard and Graham Fraser

Pluralist Societies: what's their future?

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David Adams Richards

Threatened Identity: what do we lose when we lose the sense of place?

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Chief Shawn Atleo

First Nations Education: Can we afford to miss out?

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Antonine Maillet

Giving voice: Who speaks for the forgotten?

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Andrew Weaver, climatologist

How can Canadians keep their cool in a warming world?

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Bribes de réflexion

In a poignant moment of symbolic significance, AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo got his copy of Champlain’s Dream signed by Dr. David Hackett Fischer on the old wooden table of esteemed Canadian historian Donald Creighton during Congress 2011 in Fredericton. This historical journey is complex, multi-layered and ongoing.

In a brilliant compelling presentation and book – maintenant disponible dans une traduction remarquable de Daniel Poliquin-, Dr. Fischer has made a huge contribution to our understanding of our history.  Thanks to him, we can better see Samuel de Champlain as a man coming to terms with empires, borders, cultures and nations.   These terms were based on principles of humanity, tolerance and respect that Champlain and some of his peers learned in the ashes and suffering of the civil wars of religion which decimated France and Europe in the 16th Century.

We need to be reminded on our common history and bonds. In a Canada which at times seemed to have become meaner, uneasy with complexity and diversity, National Chief Shawn Atleo made several references to Champlain’s Dream in his Big Thinking lecture which called for urgent action in a joint national project of reconciliation and justice. Education for young aboriginal peoples represents an essential component of their journey to freedom and liberty.

As Chief Wilton LittleChild and the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean also reminded us at Congress 2011, we are all losers as citizens and as a country until we resume this journey together towards justice. Champlain teaches us that this ethical journey is possible and deeply cultural. We are all Champlain’s children – let’s assume this legacy in a spirit of panache, optimism and hope.

Jean-Marc Mangin

Executive Director


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