The University of Winnipeg hosted the inaugural KaNaTa Dialogue, Re-Thinking Canada Embracing An Indigenous Worldview on October 5, 2011. The Dialogue was webcast to thousands of viewers internationally.
The four themes discussed were: Culture and Identity, The Natural World, Governance - Laws and Relations, and Re-Building Wholeness.
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Dr. E. Richard Umeek Atleo, academic, author and hereditary chief
Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor
Joseph Boyden, author and winner of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Elder Dave Courchene, Turtle Lodge, Sagkeeng First Nation
James Sakej Henderson, Native Law Centre of Canada, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Leroy Little Bear, University of Lethbridge
Ovide Mercredi, Councillor Misipawistik Cree Nation and former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Joanne St. Lewis, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Kim Samuel-Johnson, Director of the Samuel Group of Companies and President of the Samuel Family Foundation
John Ralston Saul, Award winning essayist and novelist
The Honourable Chuck Strahl, former Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
“This is an essential step to help build a nation that honours the past and respective rights and responsibilities, commits to reconciliation, and imagines a future that includes an understanding of the Indigenous worldview and perspective."
— Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, University of Winnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor