On April 4, 2013, Nipissing University hosted a KaNaTa Dialogue titled:
Engaging in Change: Reflections and Strategies on First Nations - Canada Relations
The Dialogue included a wide-ranging and topical conversation dealing with pressing concerns of education, the environment, healing and public participation. Students engaged in a lively question period and emphasized the importance of broad conversation to engage, encourage and inspire new generations of leaders to take concrete steps and to achieve change.
National Chief Shawn Atleo, Assembly of First Nations
Chief Marianna Couchie, Nipissing First Nation
Steven Point, former lieutenant-governor of British Columbia
Dr. José Barreiro, Director of the Office for Latin America at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Ovide Mercredi, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Dr. Micheal DeGagne, President of Nipissing University
“I should first say that some of the most difficult conversations that we have between our communities Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal is about the word colonization-decolonization. In my view and in a gentle way of explaining this, we each come to think and see the world in a certain way. And we sometimes lack the appreciation to see how others see the world in a very different way..."
— Dr. Micheal DeGagne, President of Nippissing University