School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future A conference to mark the 20th Anniversary of the RCAP Report.  November 21 - 23, 2016, Winnipeg Manitoba


The Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future National Forum was intended to engage a wide range of participants. Our goal was to explore and extend the knowledge available from the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and our experience of the intervening 20 years to advance good relations and develop a shared responsibility for the future. Through a series of keynotes and interactive sessions, all participants contributed to developing a set of recommended priorities for all sectors of Canadian society to move forward. The National Forum also marked the renewal of the rich RCAP database of research and testimony that will contribute to public education and to evidence-based deliberations about how best to move forward.

The Forum addressed the following themes:

  • How might we think of a nation to nation relationship and what are the priority actions associated with moving to achieve this?
  • What are the key policy priorities for closing the gap between First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples and others within Canada?
  • Youth are our future. What are their visions? What is enabling them and preventing them from achieving those visions for a better future?
  • How do we foster widespread citizen engagement to build understanding, forge a new relationship and close the gap?
  • What are the foundations of powerful and healthy First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and how do we all build on the positive examples of sustenance and change?
  • How do we move to action through engagement, research and good policy change?


Background Papers by Theme

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Background Papers by Theme

Nation to Nation
Paper 1: Negotiating Nation-to-Nation Relations Over 400 Years - Mark Dockstator, President, First Nations University of Canada
Paper 2: RCAP and a Nation-to-Nation relationshipFrances Abele, Carleton University, Catherine McQuarrie, Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Satsan (Herb George), First Nations Centre on Governance
Paper 3: Indigenous and Canadian Laws, Dale Turner, Professor, Dartmouth University
Paper 4: Health Law and Governance, Yvonne Boyer, CRC in Aboriginal Health and Wellness, Brandon University; Joseé Lavoie, University of Manitoba; Derek Kornelson, University of Manitoba; Jeff Reading, Simon Fraser University

Closing the Gap
Paper 5: Indigenizing Education, Jo-ann Archibald, Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia; BC; Jan Hare, Professor of Indigenous Education, University of British Columbia
Paper 6: Resource sharing and economic well-being: Wanda Wuttnunee Charles, University of Manitoba
Paper 7: Approaches to Community Development in First Nation Communities: Poverty Action Research Project, Jennifer Dockstator and the Project Team

Youth Engagement
Dialogue Session:  4Rs Youth Group and ITK Youth Council

Citizen Engagement
Paper 8: Fostering Citizen Engagement in Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relations, Professor Lynne Davis, Trent University
Paper 9: Advocacy on Ecology, Justice, and Indigenous Rights, Ed Bianchi, KAIROS Canada
Paper 10: Non-Indigenous Attitudes towards Indigenous Peoples, Michael Adams, The Environics Research Institute

Powerful Communities, Healthy Communities
Paper 11: Arts and Creativity. Jonathan Dewar, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Paper 12: Health and the North, Chris Furgal, Trent University
Paper 13: Fostering cultural safetyCarrie Bourassa, Health Sciences North Research Institute
Paper 14: Mental HealthCaroline Tait, University of Saskatchewan
Paper 15: Child Well-Being, Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

Moving to Action
Paper 16: The Role of Research and Research Brokers in ReconciliationAaron Franks, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; David Newhouse, Trent University
Paper 17: Levers for Policy Change, Daniel Salée, Concordia University; Carole Lévesque, INRS


Conference Oversight Committee

The Forum Co-Chairs would like to acknowledge members of the RCAP20 Oversight Committee and the organizations they represent who have provided invaluable guidance and support in making the RCAP20 Forum possible. The significant contribution of Katherine Graham and David Newhouse as Program Co-Chairs is also gratefully acknowledged. Marion Lefebvre and Lynn Freeman have provided extraordinary leadership as Co-chairs of the Finance Committee.


The Forum Co-chairs, Marlene Brant Castellano and Frederic Wien, and the Oversight Committee gratefully acknowledge these sponsors for their generous support of Sharing the Land, Sharing the Future


INAC              SSRCH       

CIHR       University of Manitoba            Queen's University

Dalhousie University     NCTR           FHSS



This conference is organized in partnership between the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University and the
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba.