KaNaTa Dialogue - University of Winnipeg

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.

Speakers included:

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