Experts available to comment on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In 2021, the Government of Canada designated September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #80.

Western University has the following experts available to speak on topics related to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Cody Groat

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Indigenous Studies Program, citizen of the Mohawk Nation and band member of Six Nations of the Grand River

Areas of Expertise: Sixties scoop and the Residential School System, commemoration and preservation of Indigenous cultural heritage.

Teaches first-year Introduction to Indigenous Studies course which challenges the narratives of victimization and trauma, with a focus on resilience and resistance.

Tania Granadillo

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Areas of Expertise: Endangered languages, language revitalization, language documentation; the Haudenosaunee language of Oneida of the Thames.

Pauline Wakeham

Associate Professor, Department of English and Writing Studies

Areas of Expertise: Settler Scholar with expertise on settler colonialism on Turtle Island, settlers’ responsibilities to truth and reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

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